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.

Stretching along the shores of the beautiful 500-acre Lake Jackson, this compact 40-acre park offers swimming, a bike path and walking trail, excellent fishing, a scene picnic area, and a modern lakeside campground. Water skiing and personal watercraft are also allowed on the lake. Visit the park today as see what residents of Florala enjoy year-round.

The main attraction is Lake Jackson itself. Considered one of the cleanest and clearest bodies of water in Alabama, visitors can spend an entire day swimming, boating and fishing. The lake is inviting year-round for campers seeking to avoid those harsh winter months up north. The park is also a perfect spot for area day-cationers who want the white sands and crystal clear waters of the Gulf without the long drive. 
Florala State Park is also a stop on Alabama’s Wiregrass birding trail. Waterfowl, song birds and raptors including osprey and Bald eagles are common sites in the park.
The campground has 28 campsites with 50-amp electrical service, water and sewage, picnic tables and grills, a bathhouse with coin operated laundry, and a large pavilion available on a first come, first serve basis. The day use area boasts a 200-foot pier, several picnic pavilions, and is connected via the walking trail to the Florala City Wetlands Park, which consists of an elevated platform that meanders under a wetland canopy.
Florala State Park also features the Rodney J. Evans Conference Center and Amphitheater, a 10,000 sq. ft. multi-use facility is available for rent for various civic and private functions. The Evans Center is equipt with a kitchen area and convertible meeting rooms. The facility can accommodate up to 350 people. 
Area Attractions
Florala, Andalusia and Opp, many antique shops, several Victorian mansions, art galleries and Southern-style family restaurants. Contact the Tri Cities Chamber of Commerce at (334) 858-6252 for information about the many festivals and special events the area has to offer.