Curious about Alabama’s state parks? Check out the fun + beauty

Cheaha State Park
Cheaha State Park has a stunning view. (Alabama State Parks)

Enjoying the beautiful outdoors should be on everyone’s 2023 resolutions, right? Luckily, we have an abundance of state parks in Alabama that are filled with more than just hiking trails. Read on to learn all about our state’s efforts to get everyone outside.

So many parks + visitors in Alabama

Desoto State Park
Put DeSoto State Park on your bucket list. (Alabama State Parks)

From the Gulf Coast to the Appalachian Mountains, Alabama State Parks Division is in charge of 21 state parks that cover 48,000 acres of land and water. With over 250 miles of trails and so many fun activities, it’s no surprise that these parks get 6.2 million visitors every year.

Wondering what the economic impact of all of that is? Well, Alabama State Parks employs 580 people and the parks have a $375 million economic impact every year. Talk about a lot!

“From the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains to the beautiful sugar-white beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, each of the 21 Alabama State Parks offer something unique to our guests. We are proud to host more than 5 million guests each year to the parks. We strive to provide outstanding facilities for recreation and outdoor activities.”

Jerry Weisenfeld, Advertising and Marketing Manager, Alabama State Parks

What’s at the state parks?

Alabama State Parks
Have you ever tried out archery? (Alabama State Parks)

Some parks have magnificent waterfalls or breathtaking views of the coast. Plus, there are so many fun activities and places to stay between all of the parks, including:

  • 2 cave parks
  • 3 zipline and cable skiing parks
  • 3 archery parks
  • 3 golf courses
  • 200 cabins and cottages
  • 2,600 campsites

Alabama, it’s time to wander into the great outdoors and discover our state’s beauty!

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Selah Vetter
Selah Vetter
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