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Backcountry Campsite

 

Cathedral Caverns State Park’s Backcountry Campsite is a one-of-a-kind camping experience, for those that prefer a camping site with a more rustic view of nature.

To reach this site you must carry in your supplies over a distance of a couple of miles.

 

   

Beech Camp Backcountry Campsite
GPS Coordinates:  N34. 34.641 W086 14.162

Trailhead: N34 34.368 W086 13.756, Near Intersection of Cathedral caverns Road and Cave Road

Distance:  From Trailhead, hiking on the green trail – 3/4 miles. This is a strenuous, uphill hike to the campsite.

Waypoints and Tracks - GPX

Waypoints and Tracks - KML, Google Earth

 

       

  

FOR THE COMPLETE RULES AND GUIDELINES ON USING DESOTO STATE PARK’S BACKCOUNTRY CAMPSITES CLICK HERE

 

 

Overnight backpackers are entitled to camp at a designated backcountry campsite only. Backpackers are not entitled to use the improved campground facilities.
Registration and Reservations for this site can be made by calling the Cathedral Caverns State Park’s Information Center at 256-728-8193

Contact email: CathedralCaverns.StPk@dcnr.alabama.gov

Fees:
Backpacking fees are $5.00 per person plus lodgings tax.
 Backcountry Site is limited to a maximum of 6 people and 2 tents.
 Reservations may be made by phone or in person, otherwise, backcountry sites are registered on a first come first serve basis.
 Reservations: 256-728-8193

 
  • All backpackers must register and pay backpacking fees at least one hour before sunset. No one will be allowed to register or start on the trail system any later. Sunset times change with the seasons so plan your arrival accordingly.
  • Vehicles must be parked at designated trailheads or parking areas with a vehicle pass displayed in the windshield.
  • Please make sure all doors are locked before leaving vehicle. Valuables left in vehicles should be placed out of sight. DeSoto State Park is not responsible for stolen or damaged property.
  • 2:00 PM Checkout.  Notify park staff upon safe exit.
  • All minors must be accompanied by a legal adult.

  • It is recommended that all drinking water be packed in
  • Carry out all cans, bottles, aluminum foil, or other trash. THE BURNING OR BURYING OF TRASH IS PROHIBIITED.
  • FIRES ARE ALLOWED IN DESIGNATED FIRE PITS ONLY, UNLESS UNDER NO BURN RESTRICTIONS.
  • You are responsible and liable for your campfire.  Do not leave fire unattended and completely extinguish campfire before leaving campsite.
  • Only dead and down wood may be gathered for firewood.
  • Thoroughly extinguish campfires leaving no smoke or embers before leaving backcountry sites.
  • Backing type stoves are recommended for cooking.
  • Pets are allowed under the Alabama State Park RegulationsPets and Animals (220-5-.05)
    Bringing a dog, cat or other animal into a State Park unless it is crated, caged or upon a leash not longer than 6 feet or otherwise under physical restrictive control at all times shall be unlawful.
    No person shall keep a noisy, vicious, or dangerous dog or animal or one which is disturbing other persons, in a State Park and remain therein after he has been asked by a Park officer to leave. 

FOR THE COMPLETE RULES AND GUIDELINES ON USING CATHEDRAL CAVERNS STATE PARK’S BACKCOUNTRY CAMPSITES CLICK HERE

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