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Oak Mountain Hosts First ShrimpFest Event
Football legend and restaurateur Bob Baumhower is teaming up with the Alabama State Parks system on a six-event series called Baumhower’s ShrimpFest and Barbecue, taking place at five state parks over the course of the next year. The events will be part of the celebration marking the 75th anniversary of the Alabama State Parks system. Visit Oak Mountain State Park for the first stop in a series of events to raise awareness for two great resources: Alabama State Parks and Alabama Gulf Seafood.
 
Join us at 3 p.m.-until at the beach area inside the park for fresh boiled Alabama Gulf Coast shrimp, barbecue, live music, and kid’s inflatables. Meet some former Auburn and Alabama football players, and have some pre-game tailgate fun with us!  Click here for information on the other locations in the series.

1939-2014: 75 Years of Service
From the beaches of the Gulf Coast to the Appalachian foothills, Alabama State Parks reflect every facet of the state's rich natural landscape and in 2014 the state’s park system will celebrate a milestone — its 75th anniversary. Throughout the year, Alabama’s 22 state parks will host a variety of hikes, nature walks and programs, dining and camping specials and various other events highlighting 75 years of service to the people of Alabama. More information about the 75th Anniversary Celebration will be posted at alapark.com during the coming months. Visit the website often for lodging, camping and dining specials and event announcements.

DeSoto’s Fall Outdoor Adventure Package 
Hike, Paddle and Rappel 
Hosted by DeSoto State Park staff and One World Adventure Company, this package includes opportunities to learn rappelling with trained PCIA instructors, kayak or canoe along beautiful Little River, and take a moderate hike to the base of DeSoto Falls, a 104-foot waterfall located in Mentone, Ala. Perfect for groups or individuals. Package runs from now through December 1, 2013. Discounts available for groups of 20 or more.
 
Where: Lookout Mountain, Ala., in the Fort Payne/Mentone area.
Fee: Regular value is $80, but this package is being offered for $60 per adult, and $45 for kids ages 12-18.
For more details, call 256-634-8370.

Scarecrows In The Park 
Scarecrows will line the walking trails of Lake Frank Jackson State Park now through November 30. The event is hosted by the Lake Frank Jackson Trailmasters, who started the event in 2008. The scarecrows are creatively made by various individuals, businesses, and school groups. Approximately three miles of walking trails will take on very festive and original characters during the annual Scarecrows In The Park.
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
11/28/2013 Cheaha’s 74th Annual Thanksgiving Lunch
Come spend a nice weekend in the beautiful scenery atop Cheaha Mountain and enjoy your Thanksgiving meal with your family and us! Contact the park for more information and reservations 256-488-5115; Cheaha.event@dcnr.alabama.gov or call 256-276-4800.
 
12/07/2013 Breakfast with Santa at Cheaha State Park
On December 7, from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. come have breakfast with Santa ($7.95) and put your letter in his mail box for the North Pole! Bring your camera! Also come see our Ginger Bread Village made of candy. For more details call Mary at 256-276-4800; or for park reservations, call 256-488-5111.
 
11/28/2013 Annual Thanksgiving Lunch Buffet at Joe Wheeler
Come share a traditional and delicious Thanksgiving lunch with us at beautiful Joe Wheeler State Park! Contact the park office for reservations and more details at 256-247-5461.
 
Judging begins at 4:30 p.m., Line-up at 5:30 p.m., and parade at 6 p.m.
To participate in the parade, call Denita at 256-247-6971 or email JoeWheeler.Marina@dcnr.alabama.gov . For reservations or more information, call 256-247-5461. A holiday buffet will be served at Daniella's in the Park beginning at 4 p.m.

Help Us Better Serve You
Would you support rate increases so that Alabama State Parks can provide discounts to senior citizens, members of the military or other unique user groups? To take this survey about discounts, click here.

Partners Pay The Way
This year we have started a new campaign focusing on our Park “Partners”, who they are   and what they mean to us. The support from our visitors, our groups, our governments, our communities,our Partners, ensures that the Alabama State Parks will be here for future generations. We are proud to say that our Partners Pay the Way!  Click here to find out more about our Partners.

Joe Wheeler 
Weekday Rewards  
From now through February 28, 2014, Joe Wheeler is offering specials for guests that stay during the weekdays. Not available on holidays. Call the park office for details or reservations, 256-247-5461.
Oak Mountain State Park Winter Cabin Special
From now through February 28, 2014, Oak Mountain is running a Cabin Winter-Time Special of $85 per night. For reservations, call 205 620-2520.

Reserve Your Football Weekends at
Chewacla State Park 
Call the park office for reservations and the home schedule information on the Auburn Football Weekends! Email or call 334-887-5621
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 – Closed for repair from recent storms
Joe Wheeler State Park – Daniella’s In the Park
Lake Guntersville State Park – Pinecrest Dining Room  
Lakepoint State Park – The Water’s Edge Restaurant

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. 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.
 
November 2013 Alabama State Parks eNewsletter

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