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This list of Alabama state parks covers state parks and reserves in the Alabama park system. The majority are run by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Current parks

Parks under direct state management
Name County Size Estab-
River / lake /
Image Remarks
acres ha
Blue Springs State Park Barbour 103 42 1963 Blue Springs Near Clio; swimming in natural spring, camping, picnicking
Buck's Pocket State Park DeKalb, Jackson, Marshall 2,000 810 1971 Lake Guntersville
Buck's Pocket (6098836044).jpg
Near Grove Oak; scenic vistas, camping, hiking and equestrian trails
Cathedral Caverns State Park Marshall 461 187 1987 Cathedral Caverns
Located in Grant; cave tours, tent camping
Cheaha State Park Clay, Cleburne 2,799 1,133 1933 Cheaha Lake
Stone tower
State's highest point; scenic views, hiking, camping
Chewacla State Park Lee 696 282 1939 Lake Chewacla
Dashing waterfalls
Located in Auburn; fishing, swimming, non-motorized boating, hiking, camping, cabins
DeSoto State Park Cherokee, DeKalb 3,502 1,417 1939 Little River
Pouring waterfalls
Located on Lookout Mountain; camping, lodging, picnicking, hiking and biking trails
Frank Jackson State Park Covington 2,050 830 1970 Lake Frank Jackson Boating, fishing, swimming, picnicking, camping
Gulf State Park Baldwin 6,150 2,490 1939 Gulf of Mexico
White sands with surf
Fresh and saltwater fishing and swimming, 18-hole golf course, camping
Joe Wheeler State Park Lauderdale, Lawrence 2,550 1,030 1949 Wheeler Lake
View of Wheeler lake
Near Rogersville; lodge, campground, marina, hiking and biking trail, 18-hole golf course
Lake Guntersville State Park Marshall 6,000 2,400 1947 Guntersville Lake
Lake Guntersville State Park, Alabama (3859207429).jpg
Resort complex, cottages, campground, 18-hole golf course, hiking, fishing
Lake Lurleen State Park Tuscaloosa 1,675 678 1952 Lake Lurleen
Lake Lurleen State Park.jpg
Boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, biking
Lakepoint Resort State Park Barbour 1,220 490 1968 Lake Eufala Convention center, 18-hole golf course, lodge, campground, cabins, cottages, marina, hiking, picnicking
Meaher State Park Baldwin 1,327 537 1989 Mobile Bay
Nature trails with wetlands boardwalk through the wetlands, boat ramp, fishing pier, picnicking, camping
Monte Sano State Park Madison 2,140 870 1938 Wernher von Braun Planetarium
Monte Sano State Park Overlook - Springtime - panoramio.jpg
Located in Huntsville; picnicking, hiking, cabins, campground
Oak Mountain State Park Shelby 9,940 4,020 1927 Double Oak Lake
Wildlife center entrance
Alabama Wildlife Center; golf, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, camping, fishing, hunting
Rickwood Caverns State Park Blount 380 150 1974 Rickwood Caverns
Illuminated cave pasage
Cave tours, swimming, picnicking, hiking, camping
Wind Creek State Park Tallapoosa 1,445 585 n/a Lake Martin Camping, swimming, boating, fishing, picnicking, hiking, biking

Other parks

Parks under shared or other management
Name County Size Estab-
Management River / lake /
Image Remarks
acres ha
Bladon Springs State Park Choctaw 357 144 1939 Choctaw County Choctaw National Wildlife Refuge
Historic spa grounds with mineral springs
Historic Blakeley State Park Baldwin 1,400 570 1981 Historic Blakeley Authority Tensaw River
Country road
Camping, picnicking, hiking trails
Brierfield Ironworks Historical State Park Bibb 486 197 1976 Alabama Historic Ironworks Commission Little Cahaba River
Industrial ruins, historic buildings, trails, campsites
Chattahoochee State Park Houston 596 241 n/a Houston County Irwin's Mill Creek Fishing, swimming, boating, picnicking, hiking, camping
Chickasaw State Park Marengo 520 210 1935 Marengo County Near David K. Nelson Wildlife Management Area Closed in 2015; reopened 2016
Florala City Park Covington 40 16 1909 City of Florala Lake Jackson
Lake view
Boating, fishing, swimming, picnicking, camping
Paul M. Grist State Park Dallas 1,080 440 1930s Dallas County Paul Grist Lake Swimming, fishing, boating, camping
Roland Cooper State Park Wilcox 236 96 1969 Private contractor Dannelly Reservoir Closed in 2015; reopened 2016
Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park Tuscaloosa 2,063 835 1969 Alabama Historic Ironworks Commission The Iron & Steel Museum of Alabama
Industrial structure
Preserved industrial sites, museum, crafts cabins, hiking trails
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