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Family Fun Day at the Pocket 
Buck’s Pocket State Park will host Family Fun Day on October 27, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities will include live music, food and games for the kids hosted by your friends of the Pocket. We will be accepting donations for new playground equipment. Come join us for some great entertainment free of charge for the entire family. Stay overnight in our campground. Call the park office for reservations or more information, (256) 659-2000.  

Frank Jackson Scarecrows
They’re back! Frank Jackson State Park near Opp, Ala., will host Scarecrows in the Park during the months of October and November. The event is sponsored by the Lake Frank Jackson Trailmasters. Creatively made scarecrows by individuals, businesses and school groups will be on display throughout the park. This annual event is fun for all ages. For more information, call the park office at (334) 493-6988 or email

Program Highlights the
Civilian Conservation Corps in Alabama
Bob Pasquill, Alabama’s devoted historian of the Civilian Conservation Corps, will present the continuing legacy of Alabama’s CCC boys during a program at DeSoto State Park on November 3, 2012. The Civilian Conservation Corps in Alabama: A Great and Lasting Good is the title of Pasquill’s book, which covers the 100 plus camps in Alabama between 1933 and 1942, including the work projects on the first state parks in Alabama.
This program is a must to attend if you are interested in the Great Depression and history of the CCC. Join us Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the DeSoto State Park Lodge located at 1299 Blalock Drive NE in Fort Payne, Ala. This event is free and open to the public. Signed books will be available, but you are welcome to bring your own copy to sign as well.
For further information call Brittney Hughes at (256) 997-5025 or email

10/26/2012 to 10/27/2012
Fun for the entire family…snacks, treats, costumes, and excellent slap-your-knee-and-shiver storytelling! Join us at DeSoto State Park for a weekend of fun events. Movies, treats, games, storytelling and more are in store during this popular annual event. Grab your favorite costume, bring the family, and come stay with us! Call (256) 997-5025.
10/26/2012 to 10/27/2012
Enjoy a day of events with a campsite decoration contest, costume contest for all park guests and campfire ghost stories. Trick or treat while you stay at Cheaha State Park. It is a mountain of fun!
10/27/2012, 11/10/2012 to 11/11/2012, 11/17/2012
ABA Division 12, Eufaula Bass Trail Classic, C&R Bass Series, and MWV Fishing Team Events. Call the park marina at (334) 687-6026 for more information on times and weigh-in for these fishing events.
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices.  Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at the location. Meet at DeSoto State Park’s Nature Center (next door to the Country Store) on Saturday, October 27 at 2 p.m. Free and open to the public. Call Brittney Hughes (256) 997-5025 or email for more information.
For a complete list of Alabama State Parks’ events visit the Events Calendar.

Rickwood Hosts
Hunter Education
Rickwood Caverns State Park will host a hunter education class on November 5, 6 and 8. Alabama’s hunter education program helps keep hunting safe and enjoyable. The program covers the skills, regulations and responsibilities of hunting and wildlife conservation that help to secure our hunting heritage. If you were born on or after August 1, 1977, you must complete an approved hunter education program before being eligible to hunt. 
Call the park office for more information at 205-647-9692 or email. For complete details on Alabama’s Hunter Education Program, click here.

Let Cheaha Cook
for You!
Cheaha State Park will serve a Thanksgiving Day lunch buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Stay on the mountain and let us do all the Thanksgiving preparations for your family! For reservations, click here or call 800-610-5801.

Outdoor Alabama
Photo Contest
There’s still time to enter the 2013 Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest. You may enter up to 10 photos in eight different categories, one of which is Alabama State Parks. There’s even a special category for youth photographers. Winners’ photos will be published in the February 2013 issue of Outdoor Alabama magazine. Deadline for entry is October 31, 2012.

Give Us Your
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. 
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.
October 2012 Alabama State Parks eNewsletter

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