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Partners Pay The Way
The Alabama State Parks would like to thank all of our supporters. The Parks have endured adverse situations over the past few years and we are proud to have our visitors and supporters that have helped us meet those challenges head on. Without you, we don't prosper.
 
Alabama State Parks offer ideal places to stay: resorts, hotels, cabins and cottages, camping; and fun places to play: hiking, biking, golf, fishing, paddling, swimming, birding and wildlife viewing or just relaxing. Click here to learn how your support funds the Parks

Coastal Cleanup Sept. 21
Show your support and concern for Alabama’s waterways by participating in the 26th  Annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup scheduled for Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 8 a.m. until noon. You or your organization can make a difference by volunteering to clean up our cherished coastal area. In its 26-year effort to clean up the coast, more than 68,583 volunteers have removed 1,420,466 pounds of trash from 4,582 miles of shoreline. Join us this year as we continue to make Alabama the Beautiful! There are 26 cleanup locations around Mobile and Baldwin counties. Find a one near you at www.alcoastalcleanup.com.
Come help Gulf State Park cleanup!
When: Saturday, September 21, 2013, 8 a.m. – 12 noon.
Where: Gulf State Park Pavilion

College Football Tailgating at a State Park
Lake Lurleen State Park near Tuscaloosa and Chewacla State Park in Auburn offer fantastic modern campsites for football season. Both have full electrical, water and sewer hookups and are located close to the stadiums. Roll Tide and War Eagle! Call 205-339-1558 for Lake Lurleen campground information and 334-867-5621 for Chewacla campground information. 
Blue Springs State Park Hosts Old Fashioned Day
On Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, Blue Springs State Park will host a day filled with demonstrations such as blacksmithing, chair caning, cotton weaving, syrup making and much more. Frontiersman and pioneer reenactment groups will be hosting activities from the late 18th and early 19th century such as Dutch oven cooking, hatchet throwing, flint pistol and rifle firings.
Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children and seniors. All funds generated will be directed toward purchase of new park playground equipment. Call 334-397-4875 for details.

XTERRA Alabama, Cheaha State Park
10K Run, September 28
This is a great single and double track off-road 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 tracks, roots, along with some technical sessions. The course is beautiful and offers something for every runner truly wanting to “ditch the city.”
Click here for registration information.

Oak Mountain State Park Fall Festival Oct. 5
Celebrate the fall! Activities will start at 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. at the Dogwood and Lakeside Pavilions. Activities include hayrides, face painting, cake walk, bobbing for apples and more. Call Emily at 205-620-2520 or email her at oakmountainnaturalist@dcnr.alabama.gov for information.

Golf at the Alabama
State Parks
The weather is starting to cool off so it’s time to loosen up that swing. 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 State Park – Eagles Nest
Oak Mountain State Park – The Oaks
Roland Cooper State Park – Deer Haven
 

Sundays in September: 
Intro to Rappelling at
DeSoto State Park
Participants will learn the basics of rappelling with trained Professional Climbing Instructors’ Association instructors and descend an 80-foot wall. Learn about basic gear, knot tying, rappelling hardware and scenic locations.
Pack your lunch and meet at 10 a.m. at the Desoto State Park Falls area. $30 per person and is for ages 10 and up. Cost includes all gear. Call Brittany at 256-997-5025. Click here,  for more information.

Geocaching 101 Sept. 28
at DeSoto State Park
Come out and learn about geocaching! 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 a geocaching container hidden at that location. There will be a live demonstration of geocaching tools. For more information, call Brittany at 256-997-5025.

Lake Guntersville State Park Commemorates 175th Anniversary of Trail of Tears September 28
Many American Indians, primarily Cherokees, inhabited the Guntersville area until well after 1836, when Marshall County was formed. It was ironic, though, that Gunter’s Landing, which had been a site of harmony and cooperation between American Indians and whites, became a port of embarkation for shipping American Indians to the West. Lake Guntersville State Park is hosting a day filled with activities, seminars and guest speakers about this historical event. Click here for complete information about times and locations.

Mountain Biking at
Chewacla State Park
The trails at Chewacla continue to be improved by Central Alabama Mountain Peddlers (CAMP). Additional dirt formations and wooden structures have been constructed in recent months making this park a great destination for mountain bikers. The park is located within 3 miles of the interstate so getting there is a breeze. Visit the Chewacla State Park Facebook Page for more information. 
Cheaha State Park
Chili Cook-off Sept. 28
Cook up your best pot of chili for the chance to win a free weekend stay at the Cheaha State Park Bald Rock Lodge. Entrance fee is $25 and the judging will begin at 2 p.m. For details on how to enter, click here.

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. 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.
 
September 2013 Alabama State Parks eNewsletter

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