The Alabama State Parks System is implementing a new contingency operations plan that will go into effect on October 1 and includes closure of a number of parks and park operations, reduction in staff and operational hours at additional parks and park facilities, as well as a potential concession operation for one facility and other new approaches to serving the public. Beginning October 15, the following five parks will be closed: Bladon Springs, Paul Grist, Chickasaw, Florala and Roland Cooper.

Over the last 5 years, more than $30 million has been transferred  from the ADCNR to the general fund to support other state programs. The state parks system alone has been forced to transfer half of the $30 million from its division. We spent months of tirelessly working to educate the public and legislative on the impact of 5th year of transfers would have on our system.

We can’t afford to run our current system with a continued loss of revenue due to this chronic problem of legislative transfers from our parks division to the general fund budget. These closures are going to negatively impact our state – from the citizens in the communities where they exist, to the dedicated staff at these parks who have worked so hard serving the public for many years.

We will continue to work with all interested parties to educate everyone on the importance of securing permanent and protected funding that will ensure that the entire park system remains open for all Alabamians throughout the state.

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.

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. 
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
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.