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Celebrate Independence Day
at Alabama State Parks
If you want to celebrate the Fourth of July at one of the state parks, please go ahead and make reservations. Many parks fill up quickly for this summer holiday week. Several parks have online reservations.
 
Celebrate your July 4 holiday at Cheaha State Park in one of the lodge rooms, cozy cabins or chalets. Meet June 30 at 10:30 a.m. at the Upper Pavilion near the observation tower. Make red, white and blue crafts and then show off your crafts in a parade that will follow (weather permitting). Free to overnight guests and to day-use guests who pay the park entrance fee. For more information: (800) 846-2654; cheaha.event@dcnr.alabama.gov.
 
Let’s celebrate our freedom and those who have given us the opportunity to have that freedom. On July 4, meet at 10 a.m. at the Campground Pavilion (B-side). Make a flag or other patriotic craft, then parade through the campground. This activity is free after admission to the park, but donations are accepted to cover the cost of craft materials. For more information: oakmountain.naturalist@dcnr.alabama.gov; (205) 620-2520.
 
We’re celebrating the Independence holiday on July 7. Participate in the homemade-flag making contest, sit back and enjoy DeSoto’s parade, and eat some homemade ice cream! Click here for details and schedule.

Rickwood is Overlooked Treasure
Possibly the most overlooked natural treasure in Alabama is within 30 miles of Birmingham, the most densely populated area of the state.
 
Rickwood Caverns State Park is only a short distance from Interstate 65 in Blount County near Warrior, but folks zipping by on the interstate often have no idea such natural beauty is only a few minutes away.
 

Rollin’ on the River
Two upcoming events at Joe Wheeler State Park will excite boating and music enthusiasts.
 
An antique boat show will be held July 20-22, 2012. This show is hosted by the Dixieland Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. Come see these beautiful wooden boats and stay in one of the lodge rooms, cabins or camp in a peaceful campsite. A must-see if you are a boat enthusiast! For more information, contact Michael Hart at (901) 831-0855 or michaeljhart65@yahoo.com or Ben Jared at (931) 703-6009 or benjared@usit.net.
 
On July 27, 2012, it’s the annual W.C. Handy Music Festival. The festival was named after William Christopher Handy, born in 1873 in Florence, Ala. As part of the festival, Joe Wheeler hosts food fun and music on the patio of the lodge. Make your reservations now to stay in the lodge, campground or cabins.
 

UPCOMING EVENTS
 
6/16/2012, 6/23/2012 and 6/30/2012
For information on tournament contacts, times, etc., contact the Lakepoint Marina at (334) 687-6026. For overnight reservations, contact the park office (800) 544-5253.
 
6/16/2012, 6/23/2012 and 6/30/2012
Call Patti Donnellan (256) 571-5440 or email patti.donnellan@dcnr.alabama.gov for more information on locations and times for trail hikes at the park.
 
6/16/2012, 6/22/2012, 6/23/2012, 6/29/2012 and 6/30/2012
Held at the campfire ring in the improved campground; in case of inclement weather, meet in the Nature Center. Free, great for all ages! Call (256) 997-5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for details--times vary. Join the staff at DeSoto to learn more about natural objects, creatures, observe nature and various plants and animals of the great outdoors!
 
For a complete list of Alabama State Parks’ events visit the Events Calendar.

Junior Golf Clinics
All six Parks Path courses will hold Junior Golf Clinics this summer for youth ages 12 to 18. The cost is $50 for each three-day clinic.
 
The “Oaks” at 
June 19-20-21
 
“Deer Haven” at 
June 26-27-28
 
The “Eagle’s Nest” at 
July 10-11-12
 
The “Sanctuary” at 
July 17-18-19
 
Please contact your
nearest golf course or www.alapark.com for registration details.

Educator Workshop
DeSoto State Park and Little River Canyon National Preserve are teaming up with Legacy to provide an educator workshop July 10-13, 2012. Explore the natural wonder of Alabama’s Little River Canyon by navigating unfamiliar wilderness, paddling Terrapin Creek, hiking and other canyon-specific activities. Participants will also learn about the wildlife, ecology, geology, botany, water quality and cultural heritage of this southern leg of the Appalachian Mountains.
 
Applications can be downloaded from the Legacy Website at www.legacyenved.org. Contact Toni Bruner at (800) 240-5115 or toni@legacyenved.org for more information. Contact DeSoto State Park for lodging information: (256) 845-0051.

Gulf Coast
Green Market
Each Saturday through June 27, 2012, a farmers’ market will be held in the at Gulf State Park’s Lake Shelby. Local farmers will sell vegetables, fruits, local specialties, crafts and organic foods. The hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information: james@baytitleinsurance.com or (251) 942-5900.

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.
 
June 2012 Alabama State Parks eNewsletter

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