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Parks Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
Lake Guntersville State Park is offering the Luck O’the Irish Package, which is two nights in a bluff side room with dinner for two on Saturday night and breakfast for two on Sunday morning. 3/16/2012 to 3/17/2012; GuntersvilleStatePark.Lodge@dcnr.alabama.gov or call 256-571-5440.
 
Cheaha State Park’s “Can You do a Jig” contest takes place Saturday, March 17. Join the dance contest and win a prize. Irish music and Irish specials will be served at the restaurant including green beer (or Sprite), corned beef, cabbage and Shepherd’s pie, so come up! For more information contact Cheaha.event@dcnr.alabama.gov or call 800-846-2654.

Six Courses, One Name
The Park’s Path: An Alabama Golf Destination
After two months of accepting submissions for a name that combines all six Alabama State Parks golf courses into a single trail, a name has been chosen, “The Park’s Path: An Alabama Golf Destination.” The courses will also be rated, sloped and handicapped for the Golf Handicap and Information Network (GHIN) system.
 
Also new to Alabama State Parks golf experience is the Parks Path Golf Card, which allows players to receive 50 percent off of green fees at any of the six trail courses. The cards will be available for purchase at the Joe Wheeler, Oak Mountain, Lakepoint, Roland Cooper, Gulf and Lake Guntersville pro shops.
 
“The Park’s Path is both fun and challenging, while providing an affordable alternative to private courses,” said Randy Jinks, marketing manager for Alabama State Parks. “The trail’s name was chosen by combined various suggestions that were submitted through alapark.com.”
 
Courses included in the Path 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 the nation’s symbol to Alabama. 
For tee times, green fees, and reservations contact the individual parks or visit www.alapark.com.

UPCOMING EVENTS
 
3/3/2012
Join the park naturalist for a walk along the edge of the lake. Meet at the Marina parking lot on Terrace Drive at 10 a.m. Bring water and wear good hiking/walking shoes. Free after admission in the park.
 
3/10/2012
Make a pine needle coaster to remember your stay at Cheaha State Park. Call or email for more details; 256-488-5111; Cheaha.event@dcnr.alabama.gov
 
3/17/2012
Wal-Mart BFL Bama Division #2 Tournament at Lakepoint State Park. Sponsored by FLW Outdoors. Expecting 140 boats, weigh-in at 3 p.m. For more information contact Robert Evans, 270-252-1616.
 
3/19/2012
There are many mammals in Alabama. Let’s see how many we can find. Meet at the Campground Pavilion (B–side) at 10 a.m. Free after admission in the park.
 
Ongoing
Join us each weekend at Lake Guntersville State Park for delightful buffets and fantastic views! Our Pinecrest Dining Room is open all three meals every day of the year. Friday night is the all-you-can-eat seafood buffet. Sunday brunch is noted for our hand-seasoned prime rib on the carving station. Whether for an intimate dinner with a loved one, a group of friends, or a family gathering, and enjoy great food and fellowship in this paradise of nature.
 
Ongoing 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.


Lake Lurleen
Hosts Races
 
Tashka Adventure
Race — March 10
Trails at Lake Lurleen State Park will be closed to regular park guests on March 10, 2012, for the Tashka Adventure Race. Boating will be closed to park guests from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. (or race finish).
 
The sprint-style adventure race, which begins at 9:30 a.m., is a two-person team event. Teams can be male, female or co-ed. Each team will paddle a canoe 6 miles (no kayaks), run a 3-mile trail run, and then a 12-mile mountain bike ride.
 
Participants can bring their own canoes. Each team member must stay together. In addition to these activities, the teams will be required to do special challenges during the race. Special challenges will be revealed immediately before the race starts.
Everyone must pay a $3 entrance fee to enter the park. Register online at http://www.about-time-events.com for the race (prices increase for registration closer to event time, so register early).
 
Hospice of West
Alabama Family 5K Run/Walk — March 17
Registration for this third annual event takes place at 7 a.m. and costs $20. The race begins at 8 a.m. Awards will be given in all age groups and for the physically challenged. Call 205-523-0101 for more information or visit this website.
 
Tour de
Tuscaloosa
— March 25
The 10-mile loop race will be staged from Lake Lurleen State Park. Details and registration information are on this website.
 

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.

Outdoor Alabama — Something for Everyone
Whether you enjoy birdwatching, bass fishing, camping, hiking, hunting, or just reading about our state’s natural resources, you’ll find it in Outdoor Alabama magazine. Each subscription also includes the beautiful calendar issue in December and the photo contest issue in February.
 
February 2012 Alabama State Parks eNewsletter

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