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5 Outstanding State Parks in Alabama (with RV Hookups)

Alabama’s state parks offer incredible accommodations for RVers. There’s something special about these campgrounds that we can’t help but love.

If your travel plans take you to the Heart of Dixie, you’ll want to know about these great places to camp. After all, finding the perfect one can be challenging.

Lucky for you, we’re sharing some secret gems that aren’t on many people’s radar.

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DeSoto Falls on Little River in Alabama. DeSoto State Park is one of Alabama's many beautiful state parks.
DeSoto State Park is one of Alabama’s many beautiful state parks

Discover Alabama State Parks

Alabama’s 21 state parks have 48,000 acres, 2,600 sites, and more than 450 miles of trails. Camping is a big deal here, as 20 of the 21 areas have established facilities. They welcome approximately six million visitors annually and have an economic impact of $375 million.

The state government established its park system in 1933 by creating Cheaha State Park. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) significantly developed the trails, cabins, and facilities. Many locations have undergone significant renovations to help serve and accommodate guests in the last few years.

Whether you’re a history buff or want to relax on the beach, there’s a spot in Alabama just for you. If you’re looking for adventure, three locations have zip lines, and two have caves to explore. It’s hard to be bored if you stay at their facilities.

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#1 Cheaha State Park in Delta, Alabama

As we mentioned, Cheaha State Park is the oldest in the system. It sits at the base of the Appalachian mountains and is home to the highest point in Alabama. Its 2,800 acres are close to Talladega National Forest and the Cheaha Wilderness.

The campground has 77 sites. Each has 20, 30, and 50-Amp electrical services. Additionally, each spot has sewer hook-ups, picnic tables, and a grill or fire ring. They have many pull-through options that accommodate rigs over 40 feet long.

You’ll find eight trails within Cheaha, most of which are relatively short. They have a few hikes that are half a mile or less, and the longest, Mountain Laurel Trail, is just shy of one and a half miles. If you’d rather chase waterfalls, there are two within its boundaries and three at nearby Talladega National Forest.

The CCC Driving Tour is an excellent option for folks who want to explore from the comfort of their vehicle. Driving this route allows you to experience the area’s history and see how it’s developed. 

Stop at the Cheaha Mountain Store for an answer sheet to complete while you drive from one location to the next. When finished, all ages will have fun decoding the secret message.

#2 Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores

Do you want to put your toes in the sand and enjoy the sound of crashing waves? If so, Gulf State Park is the place to stay. This massive campground offers almost 500 sites with hookups and paved pads. Their back-in options accommodate rigs up to 45 feet long, and their pull-throughs allow up to 65 feet.

You can peruse 28 miles of trails and educational exhibits at the nature center. You can also work up a sweat playing a game of tennis, pickleball, horseshoes, or volleyball. However, the swimming pool and splash pad are big hits during the summer. Everyone can have a great time and stay cool.

Overall, Gulf State Park spans over 6,500 acres and has over three miles of white sand beaches. The two beach areas are fantastic for surf fishing and relaxing. Just make sure you check the flags for water conditions before diving in. Dangerous rip tides can and do occur.

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#3 Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Alabama

Oak Mountain State Park has 150 campsites and offers something for every situation. They’ve got you covered whether you require full hookups or a more primitive experience. You can book for lengths 25 to 60 feet long, but the average is around 40 feet.

This 11,632-acre park sits at the top of Double Oak Mountain and is the largest in Alabama. When it comes to activities, there’s plenty to see and do. The most popular attractions are mountain biking, horseback riding, and hiking. With more than 100 miles of trails, you’ll have plenty of options.

If hiking isn’t your thing, there’s an inflatable aqua center, an 18-hole golf course, two beaches, and three lakes for phenomenal fishing. You can also explore the 2,500-square-foot Oak Mountain Interpretive Center to learn more about the area and the animals that call it home.

Entrance path and structure to the Cheaha Trailhead Pinhoti Trail near Cheaha State Park in Delta, Alabama.
Alabama’s state parks offer numerous hiking and mountain biking trails

#4 Monte Sano State Park in Huntsville

Monte Sano State Park is in Huntsville, the Space Capital of Alabama. The campground offers 23 tent-only spots, 69 with water and electricity, and 21 with premium full hookups. Guests can use the bathhouses to freshen up after a day of adventuring. Additionally, there are coin-operated laundry facilities.

Two of the most popular activities here are hiking and biking. With 20 miles of hiking trails and 14 miles of biking trails, you can explore the park’s 2,140 acres. Guests flock to the mountain for its natural beauty and to escape the chaos of everyday life.

How you choose to relax is entirely up to you. You can play a round on the 18-hole disc golf course or visit the nearby Burritt on the Mountain Museum. In addition, many find a quiet place for a picnic and enjoy the panoramic views, especially in the fall.

#5 Desoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama

Desoto State Park’s 3,500 acres feature a variety of lodging options, including 94 full-hookup RV sites. Its location makes it easy for guests to visit several waterfalls, including the 104-foot Desoto Falls. It’s a breathtaking experience the first time you see it.

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It sits atop Lookout Mountain, offering more than 35 miles of hiking and incredible views. If you’re into mountain biking, there are over 11 miles of trails to explore on wheels. The trail system allows adventurers to enjoy rock formations, waterfalls, and more. Some nicknamed its Little River Canyon the “Grand Canyon of the East.”

Not only does this area come alive with color during autumn, but it’s only an hour from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Staying here can allow you to take a quick trip across the border to experience the intense fall colors in Tennessee.

The Secret’s Out in the Heart of Dixie

There you have it. The cat is out of the bag on these state park gems in Alabama, so don’t wait to make a reservation. If you do, finding a spot to stay may be challenging. 

Luckily, plenty of options exist among the state’s 20 campgrounds. It’s time to get out there and start making unforgettable memories!

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