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.

This 520-acre roadside park is tucked away along U.S. 43 in rural Marengo County. Complete with modern campsites, a wading pool, rental pavilions, playground equipment and plenty of green space, Chickasaw State Park is perfect for family gatherings or as a base camp for your Black Belt adventure.
 
Accommodations 
Adjacent to the Turnipseed-Ikenberry Place Physically Disabled Hunting Area and a short drive away from the David K. Nelson Wildlife Management Area, Chickasaw State Park is a great overnight spot for hunters in the Black Belt area. The park features three modern RV sites with water and 30-amp service. Primitive camping with water and electricity is also available. Restrooms (no showers) are available. 
 
Facilities
Picnic tables and grills are located throughout the park. Four large pavilions are also available for group gatherings. One of the pavilions features a large built-in barbecue pit. Pavilion reservations can be made by calling the park’s office at 334-295-8230
 
Nature
The rural setting of this park provides ample opportunity to slow down and observe your surroundings. A day spent wildlife watching along the park’s perimeter will likely pay off in several white-tailed deer, Bobwhite quail, and Eastern wild turkey sightings. 
 
In addition to wildlife watching, Chickasaw’s birding is particularly good during the migration seasons. As a stop on Alabama’s Black Belt Birding Trail, you’ll you encounter a wide variety of birds including northern flickers, white-eyed vireos, indigo buntings, ruby-crowned kinglets, palm warblers and many more.
 
Area attractions
Auburn University’s Rural Studio, Alabama Rural Heritage Center, Alabama Black Belt Nature & Heritage Trail, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Black Warrior and Tombigbee Lakes , Old Cahawba Forever Wild tract, Old Cahawba Archeological Park, David K. Nelson Wildlife Management Area, Turnipseed-Ikenberry Place Physically Disabled Hunting Area, Demopolis and Selma, Ala.