Lake Chewacla is perfect for reeling in bream, bass, crappie and catfish or taking a dip off the beach area. No luck in the lake, then try one of the park’s two creeks. There is no boat ramp on the lake, but visitors are allowed to bring their own small non-motorized watercraft such as canoes or kayaks if they can be hand-launched from the bank.
The lower falls of Caney Creek in the Bankhead National Forest, which covers nearly 200,000 acres in Lawrence, Franklin, and Winston counties. The forest was established in 1918 and renamed in honor of U.S. Representative William B. Bankhead in 1942.
Oak Mountain State Park, located in Pelham Alabama, is a 9,000 acre park with over 50 miles of biking and hiking and equestrian trails. Oak Mountain Park offers camping, picnic sites, swimming, boating and fishing. Bike trails and hiking trails are abundant at Oak Mountain, Alabama’s largest park. Day-use picnic facilities include large pavillions, tables and grills in addition to pedal boat and canoe rentals, a swimming area, boat and bank fishing and an 18-hole golf course. The wildlife center located in Oak Mountain State Park, is the largest wildlife rehabilitation center in Alabama and cares for over 2,000 injured and orphaned wild creatures each year.
Devil’s Racetrack runs 1.6 miles from the Land Trust Parking on Spragins Hollow Road to a large group of limestone boulders known as the Devil’s Racetrack. This natural open area offers a great view of the hills north of Huntsville.
From start to finish, the trail ascends only 200 feet with the most aggressive climb from 0.6 to 1.10 miles on the trail. This is where you reach the Devil’s Racetrack, a short loop that runs around large grouping of limestone rocks. The loop is just less than 0.5 miles long and puts you back to the trail.
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.
Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park
Jefferson County Alabama
112632 Confederate Parkway
McCalla AL 35111
Sunrise to Sunset. 7 days a week. Visitor Center Hours:
Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park has more than 1,500 acres in three counties set aside for hiking, camping and outdoor recreation. A miniature railroad chugs through the pines. Steeped in history, Tannehill feels timeless.
Lake Lurleen State Park, located on U.S. Highway in Tuscaloosa County Alabama. The park is 1,675 acres and includes 91 campsites, boating, fishing and swimming on the 250 acre lake. Over 23 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails are within the park. Located 9 miles Northwest of Tuscaloosa and Northport Alabama and 14 miles from the University of Alabama. OFFICE HOURS: 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday-Friday (Except Holidays)
ENTRANCE STATION HOURS: 7 AM – 9 PM (7 Days a Week)
DAY USE ENTRANCE FEE:
Adults (12 years – 61 years of age): $3
Children 6 to 11 years of age: $1
Seniors 62 years of age and older: $1
Children under 6 years of age: FREE
PARK CLOSES AT SUNSET TO ALL DAY USE PARK GUESTS
Day use entrance fee includes park entrance, picnicking, fishing, boat launching, multi-trail use, and swimming.