Because of the state's wonderful geographic diversity, you will find Alabama
camping opportunities in a variety of environments across the state. There is
camping in Alabama on the high peak of Cheaha Mountain in the north where it
sometimes snows and on the sandy white beaches
of the southern Gulf Shores
where your major requirement is a bathing suit or deep sea fishing
gear. The state's four major rivers, state parks, and pristine national forests
provide plenty of Alabama camping opportunities for campers of all sorts with
many different interests. There are even Alabama campgrounds accessible to the
popular golf courses of the legendary Robert
Trent Jones Golf Trail.
You can camp on lakes and reservoirs, and even save on hotel costs by camping near the Talladega Speedway or near other venues that can sometimes be pricey if you're on a budget or traveling with a family group. Virtually all camping in Alabama will give you opportunities to access the many outdoor recreational possibilities in the state, and many Alabama camping sites are quite near larger metropolitan areas, so you can sample city attractions as well as get your dose of healthy country air.
Many of the state's parks offer both primitive Alabama campgrounds where you need to be self-sufficient, as well as modern camping facilities. Most camping areas are also near luxury hotels, cheap hotels, resorts, and wilderness cabins for rent. The system of Alabama State Park campgrounds includes more than twenty parks with almost 2,600 campsites in river, mountain, coastal, and even metropolitan regions.
Most of the Alabama State Park campgrounds offer discounts for seniors, allow pets, and have ample parking and other facilities. And many of the sites for camping in Alabama are right on the water, providing access to boat rental, fishing, and other recreational water sports. During the off season times, you will be able to stay at Alabama campgrounds for weekly and monthly rates. Some Alabama campgrounds even have activity centers with free wireless Internet.
There are three Alabama State Park campgrounds around the state's scenic caverns.
Cathedral Caverns, DeSoto Caverns, and Rickwood Caverns all offer breathtaking
things to do and see underground
in addition to other outdoor recreation. Other caverns in the state can be accessed
by camping in Alabama on private land in commercial campsites.
There is great winter camping on the Gulf Coast, and one of the coastal Alabama State Park campgrounds is the Gulf Shores State Park. Here, you will find almost 500 improved campsites in a campground with modern bathhouses and an activity center. Less than two miles from the beaches, the camping pads will accommodate tents as well as recreational vehicles and pullouts.
Since recreational vehicle traveling and camping is so popular in the southeast United States, you'll find that most Alabama campgrounds will have RV facilities with electricity and water hookups. Many have clubhouses and activity centers, boat, and fishing gear rental. You can use your campsite as a base for canoeing or hiking, sightseeing, or just passing through while attending one of the state's events and festivals.