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Eagle Awareness 2012
Lake Guntersville State Park invites you to participate in an Eagle Awareness weekend to learn about the majestic bald eagle. The event takes place every weekend in January and the first two weekends in February.
The bald eagle is a regular visitor and attraction to Lake Guntersville and the Tennessee Valley. They usually begin to arrive in November and spend the winter months in and around the park, soaring in the skies, fishing the reservoir and roosting in the tall pines along the mountain tops.
The weekends include an orientation and social on Friday night, field trips on Saturday and Sunday, with special guest speakers on Saturday. Participants may also choose to take a tour of nearby Cathedral Caverns. Lodging packages are available. Call 1-800-548-4553 for details.

Name That Trail
New course names and logos for Alabama State Parks’ golf courses were recently unveiled, and now a name is needed for the entire group of courses. Alabama State Parks will be promoting their courses collectively, as a trail. With six courses that range from Joe Wheeler State Park in the northwestern corner of the state, to Lakepoint Resort State Park in the east central part of the state, to Gulf State Park on the Gulf Coast, these courses provide quality play and value to the average golfer.
The New Course Names Are:
  • The “General” at Joe Wheeler, Joe Wheeler's rank in the Confederate Army.
  • The “Oaks” at Oak Mountain, which represents the wide variety of oak trees in the park.
  • The “Sanctuary” at Lakepoint, which represents the nearby national wildlife sanctuary.
  • “Deer Haven” at Roland Cooper, which highlights the large local deer population.
  • The “Refuge” at Gulf State Park, represents the nearby national wildlife refuge.
  • The “Eagle's Nest” at Lake Guntersville, honors the return of our national symbol to North Alabama, the bald eagle.
The public is invited to give suggestions as to what the trail should be named. When making a suggestion, consider the individual course names and provide ideas that incorporate all the names into a cohesive title. Earl Stone was the original designer of the Alabama State Parks golf courses.
The trail name will be chosen in early 2012. For the next several weeks we will be soliciting the opinions of our website visitors to help us name our golf trail. Share your ideas with us today by emailing suggestions to

Tips from the Pro
By Harry Dwyer, Gulf State Park Pro Shop
Lesson # 9 – PUTTING

The two most important things in putting are distance and direction. Find your intended line and make sure you commit to it. Then follow a good routine for your set-up. The ball should be left of center in your stance, your nose over the ball and your arms hanging from your shoulders in a comfortable position. In this position you should be able to move the putter head back along the target line and through to the target with little effort.

Take a couple of practice swings with your putter and then step up to the ball and commit yourself to the putt. The length of your swing will determine how far the ball travels and your intended line and set-up will determine your direction.

Try these simple principles and you will see your putting get much better. Remember to keep it simple and have a great time. See you on the course!

— Harry
Harry Dwyer is a 28-year veteran of the Professional Golfers’ Association and an alumnus of the University of Alabama.

Through 12/30/2011
Join us each weekend for delightful buffets and fantastic views! The Pinecrest Dining Room is open for all three meals every day of the year. We kick each weekend off with our Friday night all-you-can-eat seafood buffet and culminate with our popular Sunday brunch, where we always have hand-seasoned prime rib and cobb-smoked ham on the carving station.
Take off and weigh-in at the Lakepoint State Park Marina. For more information call (770) 722-5795 or email
Attend dinner and the party or book an overnight package that includes dinner, party, lodging and breakfast the next morning. Call 256-247-5461 for reservations
Through 3/23/2012
Join us for fitness classes each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Gulf State Park Activities Building located in the campground. Early Bird class at 8 a.m.; Prime Time class at 9 a.m., and Aerobics at 9:45 a.m. Free to park guests.

Memories Winner
Congratulations to Sue Zupko of Huntsville, who was the final winner in this year’s “Where Memories are Made” contest. Sue will receive a $250 gift card from Alabama State Parks. Click here to see all the “Memories” submissions.

Celebrate the
Holidays with Us
Many of Alabama’s resort parks will be serving holiday meals on Christmas and New Year’s. We’d love for you to overnight with us as well. Check for information on restaurant hours and reservations.

Outdoor Alabama Calendar Now Available
Purchase the 2012 Outdoor Alabama calendar for only $3. Makes a great stocking stuffer! Click here to purchase.

Give Us
Your Feedback
To make sure we are providing the best possible visitor experience, we’re asking for feedback on your park visit.
Online surveys are available for day-use visits, dining and overnight stays.
Whether you camped or stayed in one of the cabins or hotels, please tell us about your stay. Click here to fill out a survey.

December 2011 Alabama State Parks eNewsletter

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