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Governor announces Year of Alabama Parks

Gov. Robert Bentley said that the state’s Year of Alabama Parks promotion will highlight state parks, local parks and outdoor recreation areas across the state in 2014.

Bentley addressed the crowd on November 2, 2013 at the ShrimpFest and Barbecue event at Oak Mountain State Park. The event was the first in a series celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Alabama State Parks systems next year. Throughout the year, Alabama’s 22 state parks will host a variety of hikes, nature walks, camping specials and other special events.

The 2014 Alabama Vacation Guide and Calendar has been expanded to include several articles on parks including a history of the state parks system, a listing of special 75th anniversary events at the parks, eco-tourism attractions and profiles of urban parks across the state.

Alabama’s numerous urban parks and green spaces will also be featured during The Year of Alabama Parks. Downtown parks have added to the quality of life in cities across the state and increased downtown development.

Because Alabama has 22 state parks most communities are within a one-hour drive from a state park offering a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities including:

  • Five resort parks featuring lodge, restaurant and convention facilities.
  • Ten parks with modern cottages and chalets.
  • Twenty-one parks with modern campgrounds.
  • Two parks with cave tours.
  • The Parks Path Golf Trail.
  • The Gulf State Park Fishing Pier and Gulf Adventure Center Hummingbird Zipline.
  • Three parks with marinas and many more fishing and boating opportunities.
  • Picnic pavilions perfect for any outdoor gathering.
  • Various museums highlighting the rich cultural and natural heritage of the local communities.
  • More than 200 miles of hiking, biking, horseback riding and walking trails.
  • Thousands of acres of water-based recreation ranging from mountain lakes and rushing streams to the sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico.
  • “Our partners are not only the visitors, but community organizations and local businesses that invest their time and efforts into providing recreational opportunities for all Alabamians to enjoy,” said Greg Lein, Parks Director. “In the coming months and new year, we encourage everyone to join us in celebrating Alabama State Parks’ 75 years of service.”

    More information about the 2014 Alabama State Parks 75th Anniversary Celebration is available at the www.alapark.com website including specials on lodging, camping and dining specials and event announcements.