Wind Creek State Park, 7 miles Southeast of Alexander City Alabama on Highway 128, covers 1,445 acres of the shoreline of Lake Martin, a 41,000 acre reservoir prized for fishing, swimming and boating. The park is dog-friendly and offers cabins, the largest state operated camping site in Alabama with 626 sites. There is a marina, store, fishing pier, hiking trails, playgrounds and picnic areas.
Montevallo AL 35155
One of the best features of Montevallo, Alabama, a small university town, is Orr Park. Dubbed one of the most unique parks and nature preserves in the south, Orr Park, bordering the picturesque Shoal Creek, is Montevallo’s crowning jewel. With two playgrounds, six baseball/softball fields, a walking trail, a football field and a practice field, Orr Park offers residents and visitors an opportunity to “get back to nature”, to play organized sports, to use a variety of park equipment, to have family picnics, and to engage in just about any other imaginable outdoor activity. Beautiful Shoal Creek meanders through Orr Park providing opportunities for fishing, wading, canoeing, kayaking, birding, and just “watching the creek roll by.” A paved walking trail follows the creek for much of its journey through the park.
Monte Sano State Park is a 2,100 acre mountaintop park at 1,600 feet above sea level. East of Huntsville Alabama on the eastern portion of Monte Sano Mountain, the dog-friendly park offers camping, Arts and Crafts Style cabins, outstanding picnic areas, playgrounds and over 14 miles of hiking and biking tails. Viewpoints near the trail heads include “North Plateau Loop” and “South Plateau Loop” that offer outstanding panoramic views of the Tennessee Valley. Mountain views and wateralls are a bonus of the picnic area pavillions built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s. Exotic plants and wildlife are in abundance and are protected by law.