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Parks Smartphone App 
Now available
As part of our 75th anniversary celebration we are proud to introduce the FREE Alabama State Parks Smartphone App. The app provides plenty of other features to maximize your outdoor adventure.
 
Real-time Calendar of Events
News, advisories, and weather alerts
Social networking 
Potentially life-saving Alert feature 
GeoChallenge games and park tours 
Advanced GPS mapping features
Record trail distance and time elapsed
Educational info, amenities, maps, & directions, and more
 
 
Click here to download the app.

Memorial Day Weekend Events and Specials
Gulf State Park Beach Luau, May 24
Put on your Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts and join us for an authentic beach luau at Gulf State Park!  Beach Luau will be at the Beach Pavilion on Saturday, May 24, 2014, from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. Tickets start at $45.00 and you can purchase them online at ticketleap.com-keyword Gulf State Park. You can call the park office for reservations, more details, or to order tickets by phone call (251) 948-7275, ext. 2127 or 2128.  Follow us on Facebook.com/Gulf State Park ...Fun for the whole family....hope to see you there! 
Click here for more information.
 
Blue Springs State Park                                           
May 24 Kid’s Fishing Rodeo  
Register at 7 a.m. Fishing to begin at 8 a.m.
Call the park office for more details (334) 397-4875
 
Joe Wheeler State Park
May 24 Memorial Weekend – Music on the patio 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
Call the park office for more details and reservations (256) 247-5461
 
Oak Mountain State Park
May 24 at 10 a.m. Memorial Day Crafts 
Come out to do some crafts to celebrate this holiday. We will meet at the B-side Pavilion in the Campground at the Park. Email oakmountain.naturalist@dcnr.alabama.gov or call the park office (205) 620-2520.
 
Florala State Park
May 26 Memorial Day Fun
Kids’ activities and local food vendors throughout the day!
Call the park office for more details or reservations (334) 858-6425.

More 75th Anniversary Packages and Other Specials
Cheaha State Park Celebrates 75th Anniversary  
“CCC” Primitive Campground Grand Opening, June 6 
Friday from 6 p.m. – until.
 
Cheaha Civilian Conservation Corps Museum
June 7 Grand Opening
Call the park office for more details or reservations (256) 488-5115.
 
DeSoto State Park                                                
33rd Annual Mentone Rhododendron Festival, May 16-18
Savor North Alabama's Spring beauty and enjoy arts and crafts, food, live music and more! The Rhododendron Festival begins with a bonfire in the town square on Friday night complete with live entertainment, storytelling, marshmallow roasting and a concession stand with roasted peanuts and hot beverages. Located in historic Mentone, Alabama, 10 minutes from DeSoto State Park. Great for all ages! Visit their Facebook page for more information. Contact the park office for your overnight or weekend reservations (256) 845-5380.
                                                                                                  
Alabama Free Fishing Day at State Parks
Each calendar year, the Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources designates a "Free Fishing Day" for the public to fish recreationally in public waters without a fishing license.  
Saturday, June 7, has been designated as Free Fishing Day.
Some lakes may still require fees and permits, and owner’s permission is required to fish private ponds. The 2014 National Fishing and Boating Week is June 1-8. Click here for more information.
 
Desoto State Park 
Be a DeSoto State Park Trail Trekker!
Can you say “I Hiked Them All”? DeSoto State Park challenges you to become a DeSoto State Park Trail Trekker. We have designated 22 miles of Hiking and Biking Trails, all you have to is start! Whether it takes you a week or 75 years, get a trail log, hike them all, and collect your prize, a Trail Trekkers Patch. Good Luck! And Good Hiking!
 
Lake Guntersville State Park
“Get to Know Us” Package 
$99 per couple
Package Includes one night’s stay in a bluff side room and breakfast or dinner for two people. Call the park office for more details and reservations (256) 571-5440.
 
Oldies Afternoon & Cruise In, May 17 
Get dressed up in your best 50's outfit and drive your classic car out to the park for an afternoon full of fun, music and root beer floats. We hope to see you here. For weekend reservations call the park office (256) 571-5440 or more event information email.
 
Lakepoint Resort State Park
World Yoshukia Karate Camp, June 13-15
Call the park office for more details or reservations (334) 687-6676.
 
Oak Mountain State Park
XTERRA at Oak Mountain, May 17-18
The XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Runs truly has something for everyone. Long-distance runners can choose to race on a half-marathon (20K) course. Others can opt to participate in the 10K and 5K races. All three courses will take place on the award-winning trails at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Alabama. Trail Runner magazine ranked Oak Mountain as one of the top 25 “Crown Jewels” of running trails across America in 2011.  For more information, visit www.xterraplanet.com or call 877-XTERRA1. Email  or Call (877) 983-7721. For reservations, contact the park office (205) 620-2520.
 
20th Annual BUMP N GRIND, Mountain Bike Race
May 31-June 1
The Bump n Grind Mountain Bike Race returns for the 20th annual event held at Oak Mountain State Park. Visit www.bumpngrindrace.com. Call the park office for your weekend reservations (205) 620-2520.
 
Wind Creek State Park
JazzFest at Alexander City June 14
Come stay with us while you enjoy the JazzFest  
Celebrating the State Parks 75th Anniversary – Free Day-Use Admission
Call the park office for reservations (256) 329-0845.
Click here for more information on the festivities.
 
Backyard Birding Presentation 
Pavilion # 3
1-3 p.m., June 14 
First 20 children get to build their very own birdhouse for free! Wind Creek State Park is part of the Alabama Birding Trail Piedmont Plateau region.


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Baumhower’s ShrimpFest & Bar-B-Q at Lakepoint State Park, May 31 
Bob Baumhower continues to be a great supporter for Alabama State Parks. Visit Lakepoint State Park for the next stop in a series of events to raise awareness of two important resources: State Parks and Alabama Gulf Seafood.
Time: 4-9 p.m. 
Admission price: $3/person. 
Email or Call (334) 687-8011.

Summer camp programs for Kids
DeSoto State Park, Gulf state Park, and Lake Guntersville State Park are offering a wide range of Summer camp programs designed for kids of all ages.
 
Click here for Lake Guntersville State Park info.
Click here for Gulf State Park info.
Click here for Desoto State Park info.
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 Restaurant
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
Lakepoint State Park-The Sanctuary
Lake Guntersville-Eagles Nest




Give Us Your Feedback
To make sure we are providing the best possible visitor experience, we’re asking for feedback on your park visit. 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.
 
May 2014 Alabama State Parks eNewsletter

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