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Shrimpfest & Bar-B-Q at Gulf State Park, March 29
Time: 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Gulf State Park Beachside Pavilion
Price:  $3.00 per person to eat. Come help us celebrate the 2014 75th Anniversary of the Alabama State Parks by showing your support for the parks and Alabama Gulf Seafood!  We will have live music, kids inflatables, bonfire, former Alabama and Auburn football players in addition to all the fresh boiled shrimp, gumbo and barbeque! Call the park for reservations or more details (251) 948-7275. More
State Park Social Media
Don’t forget to “like” the Alabama State Parks Division Facebook page and follow @ALStateParks on Twitter to keep up with news, events and all things “park” events for the entire state.

State Park Mountain Biking
Several of the Alabama State Parks offer excellent biking trails for bikers of all levels. 
The International Mountain Bicycling Association(IMBA) gives the trails at Oak Mountain State Park an “Epic” ranking, making it only one of 51 courses in the world with that ranking. Click here, for more information.
Chewacla State Park has recently had its trails expanded and improved by the Central Alabama Mountain Peddlers (CAMP). Click here for more information. 
Lake Lurleen State Park features 24.5 miles of top notch trails as well. Click here, for more information.
DeSoto State Park has over 25 miles of  trail systems that vary from mild to strenuous. Click here, for more information.

New State Parks Calendar
The Alabama State Parks produced a yearly promotional calendar. This year the calendar was produced featuring artwork from Agriscience students throughout Alabama.  In honor of our 75th Anniversary the winning student’s artwork features pictures taken within the state parks. The winning students were Ethan Bexley of Semmes, AL; Haley Bryson of Danville, AL; Anna Cotney of Wadley, AL; Levi Dial of Killen, AL; April Hornbuckle of Florence, AL; Noah McMinnis of Lacy Springs, AL; and Katherine White of Florala, AL; along with Morgan Stokes, of Florala, AL.  Morgan Stokes was also the grand prize winner and received special mention inside the calendar with a short bio and photo. More

75th Anniversary Diamond Geocaching Challenge
Kicked off March 1 at Chewacla State Park  
The Alabama State Parks has designed a geocaching challenge to help celebrate our 75th Anniversary this year.  We hope this challenge will add another level of excitement to an already popular past time among our park “partners”.   
 
The 75th Anniversary Diamond Treasure Geocaching Challenge incudes 8 State Parks. These coordinates inside the Parks were announced on March 1st. Each cache provided a clue, and after the cachers visit all 8 Parks they will combine the clues to determine where the final cache is located. A special 75th Anniversary commemorative coin will be awarded to the first 75 contestants to complete the challenge. There will be 75 winners only.    
 
This challenge is separate from the normal geocaching challenge that involves all 22 state parks. Both challenges will be in effect for 2014.
Cozy Cabin Special at DeSoto State Park, 
Through March 2014
Sunday thru Thursday Nights Chalets or Rustic CCC Cabins includes 1 night  stay and 1 free bundle of wood.
Chalets: $92.00 per night (regular rate is $122.00)
Log Cabins:  $97.50 per night (regular rate is $130.00)
Rustic Cabins:  $65.75 per night (regular rate is $87.00) 
Prices do not include 11% tax. 
Call the park for reservations or more details (256) 845-5380
2014 Alabama Trails Conference
at Lake Guntersville State Park
The 2014 Alabama Trails Conference, “Celebrating 75 years of service of Alabama State Parks” will be held April 10 – 11, 2014 at the beautiful Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge.  The conference is the third trails conference highlighting Alabama’s top trails from the initial development through the entire growth process.   On-line registration is now open $175.00.  Contact LandofTrails.org or Martha Whitson (205) 394-3080.
Contact the park office for reservations or more details (256) 571-5440.
Running Buck Wild Extreme 5K 
at Joe Wheeler March 22
This year the Extreme 5K coincides with our 75th Anniversary of the Alabama State Parks.  Part of Alabama State Park’s mission is to operate and maintain recreational facilities; and to extend the public’s knowledge of the state’s natural environment.  We want to continue this mission and provide the public with access to our natural resources.  Therefore, we started an annual Extreme 5K Race called “Running Buck Wild”.  Call the park office for more details, package specials, reservations, etc. (256) 247-5466.
Seafood Buffet at Joe Wheeler
Now thru 12/31/2015 Seafood Buffet served every Saturday night year-round (except Parade of Lights weekend).  Featuring all-you-can-eat crab legs, shrimp, fish and more!  Hours are seasonal but open at 5:00 p.m.  Call the park for any package specials (256) 247-5461 or email joewheeler.lodge@dcnr.alabama.gov.
Cheaha State Park Easter on the Mountain,
April 18-19
Friday night – Puppets and Marshmellow roast!
Saturday will be a day of events – Easter party, Easter bunny visits, egg hunts and egg race, and so much more.  Contact the park office for reservations and more details (800) 846-2654 or email Mary at Cheaha.event@dcnr.alabama.gov .
Bunny-Palooza Spring Fest 
at DeSoto State Park
Bring the kids and celebrate with us Saturday, April 12th from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free and open to the public – pre-registration is advised for limited seating. Meet at the Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne (15 minutes from DeSoto) Call the park for reservations or more details (256) 845-0051. Event address:  4322 Little River Trail NE, Fort Payne, AL 35967. Call (256) 782-5697.

Easter Egg Hunt
at Wind Creek State Park
Call the park office for more details (256) 329-0845.
 

Weekend Dinner Specials
Don’t forget that our park lodges offer great weekend dinner specials. Visit their Facebook pages for more info.
Cheaha State Park – Cheaha Mountain Restaurant
DeSoto State Park – Mountain Inn Resturant
Joe Wheeler State Park – Daniella’s In the Park
Lake Guntersville State Park– Pinecrest Dining Room  
Lakepoint State Park – The Water’s Edge Restaurant

Golf The Parks Path
We offer six different courses we refer to as ‘The Parks Path”. Visit www.alapark.com for more information or call and make your tee time at one of the following courses today.
Gulf State Park – The Refuge
Joe Wheeler State Park – The General
Lakepoint State Park – The Sanctuary
Lake Guntersville – Eagles Nest
Roland Cooper State Park – Deer Haven
Weddings
The Alabama State Park lodges provide the perfect backdrop for your wedding and reception. Have your wedding with the whisper of lake or mountain breezes flowing through the pines and floral arrangements provided by nature. If you choose to have it with air conditioning we can also provide the same view from our interior rooms which are large enough to accommodate most any size wedding. The hotel rooms and suites are perfect for the bridal party to relax and unwind before the big day and also ideal as the location for your honeymoon. Visit the individual park page at www.alapark.com for more information. 
Chewacla Classic Campout
April 11-13
Second Annual vintage trailer campout. All campers are welcome.  Call the park office for reservations or more details (334) 887-5621

C.A.M.P. Mountain Bike Challenge
April 11-13
Third Annual mountain bike race hosted by C.A.M.P.
Call the park office for more details or reservations (334) 887-5621
Upcoming Fishing Tournaments at
Alabama State Parks
Lakepoint State Park 
Eufaula Bass Trail 
March 22
Take off at safe light from Lakepoint Marina (334) 687-6026. Weigh in at 2:30 p.m.
Expected # of boats: 40-70
Contact Les Bratcher or Bill Murdock (229) 317-0150 or email. Call the park for more details (800) 544-5253

ABA Division 12 Fishing Tournament 
March 22 
Take off at safe light from Lakepoint Marina (334) 687-6026. Weigh in at 3 p.m.
Contact Deacon Collins (404) 862-4233 or email

38th Annual Easter Seals Bass Tournament 
March 29
Take off at safe light from Lakepoint Marina (334) 687-6026. For more information contact Stacie Hamsley by email  or call (229) 439-7061.

Eufaula Bass Trail
April 12 
Take off at safe light from Lakepoint Marina (334) 687-6026. Weigh-in at 2:30 p.m. 
For more details contact Bill Murdock or Les Batcher by email or call (334) 726-5697.

Wind Creek Tri County Child Advocate Tournament 
March 22
Call the park office for more details (256) 329-0845
 
BFL Tournament
March 29
Call the park office for more details (256) 329-0845
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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.
 
March 2014 Alabama State Parks eNewsletter

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