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Alabama State Parks

Monday, December 28th, 2009

State parks in Alabama are found in large numbers in and around the state. They can suit anything like planning for a vacation, weekend getaway, or even a business conference. They provide everything to everyone ranging from resorts, camping, boating, hiking trails, fishing, golf, to cabin rentals, conference, and meeting facilities. There are nearly 22 state parks and all are equally inviting. Every park houses its own set of treasures and offers fun and recreation at the same time. There are parks with resort facilities like the DeSoto, Lake Point, or the Cheaha state parks. Many of these parks preserve variety of species of animals. Tourists flock to these parks for their scenic beauty, tall trees, flowing streams, picturesque rock bluffs, and abundant wildlife. But the camping, fishing, and lodging make these parks all the more interesting for the visitors.

Most of these parks provide lodging with luxurious cottages and sprawling hotel rooms. A review of the brochures can be made in case of a dilemma between parks. These brochures can be found online on the corresponding park sites. Reservations for these rooms or orders for brochures can be done over the nationwide telephone through which early bookings can be made. Camping is another attraction in these parks. Modern campsites can be booked for the number of days needed. Hikes and mountaineering are also available for the tough people. In case of 3 to 4 day trips in the forests, mountaineers usually are advised to carry a Global Positioning System (GPS) with them. It is necessary to remain locked with the network center of the forest throughout the trip.

Alabama parks also offer a variety of other recreation opportunities that are available throughout the year. The most popular activities include camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, water skiing, swimming, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain bike riding, target shooting, and archery. Fishing is another popular activity in almost all the parks. The fishing enthusiast will find freshwater as well as saltwater fishing at it’s finest in Alabama. The lakes, rivers, and streams are home to a variety of catfish, king mackerel, amberjack, cobia, flounder, bluefish, tuna walleye, and rainbow trout to name a few. It is a must to hold a fishing license.