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Free Parks Entrance September 29, 2012
In recognition of National Public Lands Day, Alabama State Parks will waive day-use fees on September 29, 2012. Participating parks include those operated by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Locations and directions are found at www.alapark.com.
 
Day-use fees average $1 to $3 per person at most state parks. Fees for park amenities such as canoe rentals and cave tours will still apply, but there will be no cost for activities like hiking, biking, bird-watching or geocaching.
 
Parks Director Greg Lein says that National Public Lands Day was designated to recognize all that our public lands have to offer. “If there are people who have never visited a state park, this would be a great time to gather the family, pack a picnic lunch and spend a day enjoying the outdoors,” he said. “Since our state parks are dependent on user fees to operate -- not state taxes -- we hope that people will come back another time and pay the nominal entrance fee to visit a park.” More

Parks Are Celebrating Fall!
Several fall festivals and events are taking place this autumn at Alabama State Parks that you won’t want to miss.
 
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 oakmountain.naturalist@dcnr.alabama.gov..
 
Festivities on Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Dogwood Pavilion at Oak Mountain State Park. Activities include face painting, hayrides, moonwalk, sack races, cake walk, dunking booth, etc. Activities require tickets, which can be purchased on-site for $1. Visit us and enjoy the beautiful fall scenery, stay in one of our cozy cottages or the large modern campground. For more information or reservations call the park office at (205) 620-2520.
 
The Wind Creek Halloween Carnival is Oct. 19-20. Fun and games for the kids and a haunted hayride on the night of the 20th are highlights. Call the park office for more details and camping reservations: (256) 329-0845.
 
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, 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.
 
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!

UPCOMING EVENTS
 
9/22/2012 and 9/23/2012 
Lakepoint Resort State Park Marina hosts the ABA Division 12 Tournament and C&R Bass Series Tournament. Call the park marina at (334) 687-6026 for more information on times, and weigh-in for these two fishing events.
 
9/21/2012, 9/22/2012, 9/27/2012, 9/29/2012, 10/5/2012 to 10/7/2012, 10/12/2012 to 10/19/2012, and 10/14/2012 
Identifying Butterflies, Archery, Black Bears, Mountain Dulcimer Workshop, Backpacking, Dutch Oven Demonstration, and Intro to Rappelling are some of the topics. Call Brittney Hughes at (256) 997-5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for additional information.
 
9/22/2012
Learn about some methods animals use to survive the wild. Meet at the campground Pavilion (B-side) at 10 a.m. Free after admission to the park. For more information, call 205-620-2520 or email OakMountain.Naturalist@dcnr.alabama.gov.
 
9/22/2012, 9/29/2012, 10/13/2012 and 10/20/2012
Call Patti Donnellan (256) 571-5440 or email patti.donnellan@dcnr.alabama.gov for more information on locations and times for trail hikes and programs; free.
 
For a complete list of Alabama State Parks’ events visit the Events Calendar.

New Parks Geocoin
Geocachers can now purchase a new geocoin issued by the Alabama State Parks. The first Alabama State Parks geocoin can only be obtained by completing the Alabama State Parks Geocaching Challenge
 
The second coin was designed and produced for sale as a collector’s item and is trackable. This beautiful coin would be a great addition to any collection and is available now at Chewacla State Park in Auburn, Ala. To purchase the coin, call 1-334-887-5621.

Take a Kid
Mountain Biking
Oak Mountain State Park invites you to Take a Kid Mountain Biking. Experienced riders will lead a ride at the park on Sunday, October 14, 2012, from 2 until 5 p.m. Meet at the South Trailhead parking lot. This event is hosted by Bike Link and the Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers (BUMP). Contact the park office at (205) 620-2520 for more information, or email.

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.

Cheaha State Park XTERRA Trail Run
The 4th annual 6.2-mile XTERRA trail run will take place at Cheaha State Park on September 29, 2012. Join us for a great single and double track off-road running experience. The race will start on a street but will soon lead into the woods. The terrain is made up of a little bit of everything...rolling hills, climbs, single track, double track, roots, along with some technical sections.
 
The course is beautiful and offers something for everyone. Entry fee required. Packet pickup will be the morning of the race starting at 7 a.m., with the race beginning at 8 a.m. Call (256) 782-5697 or email.

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. 
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.
 
September 2012 Alabama State Parks eNewsletter

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