On Wednesday, April 15th the state parks division announced the planned closure of four parks and two golf courses.

Since that time, we have received a tremendous amount of support from the public. In addition, the Governor’s office and the legislature have received an outcry for our parks to stay open and for them to receive full funding. Given these recent developments and discussions that are taking place in Montgomery, Governor Bentley has instructed the state parks division to delay these closings slated for May 1st until further notice. 

Unless a general fund budget is approved that fully funds the Alabama State Parks System, we will have to soon take extreme measures to begin to brace for the harsh reality that will occur due to this significant loss of revenue. What you are doing is working and has a huge impact on ensuring that State Parks funding is protected. We encourage all supporters of the parks system to continue to communicate within your families, your communities, and among your elected officials to resolve this funding crisis once and for all.

Opened as a private spa in 1838, visitors to Bladon Springs traveled from all over the country to benefit from the "curing" properties of the park's four mineral wells. In 1846, a large Greek Revival hotle was built to accomodate the influx of visitors. This health resort was once called the "Saratoga of the South" and remianed open through the Civil War. The State of Alabama purchased the property in 1934 and converted the location to a state park.

Nature

While the resort hotel is gone, visitors to Bladon Springs State Park can still refresh themselves in the tranquility of this rural location. Peace and quiet are hallmarks of this forested setting making it an excellent camping and wildlife viewing location. Birders will also love Bladon Springs, which is stop on Alabama’s Black Belt Birding Trail. Expect to see a wide variety of song birds, wood peckers and raptors. 

Accommodations
Bladon Springs State Park features 10 campsites with 30-amp hook up, primitive camping and three pavilions available for rental. Bladon Springs State Park is the perfect camping location for hunters visiting Choctaw National Wildlife Refuge.
 
Area attractions
Choctaw National Wildlife Refuge, the Red Hills Forever Wild Tracts, and Trade Days in Coffeeville, Ala. Bladon Springs State Park is also approximately one hour north of dining and shopping in the Mobile area.