On Wednesday, April 15th the state parks division announced the planned closure of four parks and two golf courses.

Since that time, we have received a tremendous amount of support from the public. In addition, the Governor’s office and the legislature have received an outcry for our parks to stay open and for them to receive full funding. Given these recent developments and discussions that are taking place in Montgomery, Governor Bentley has instructed the state parks division to delay these closings slated for May 1st until further notice. 

Unless a general fund budget is approved that fully funds the Alabama State Parks System, we will have to soon take extreme measures to begin to brace for the harsh reality that will occur due to this significant loss of revenue. What you are doing is working and has a huge impact on ensuring that State Parks funding is protected. We encourage all supporters of the parks system to continue to communicate within your families, your communities, and among your elected officials to resolve this funding crisis once and for all.

The centerpiece of this beautiful 1,080-acre park is a 100-acre lake. Visitors enjoy the relaxing atmosphere surrounding the lake, which offers fishing, paddling and swimming.
Day use opportunities include picnicking and barbecue grills are available throughout the picnic area. Pavilions are available for family reunions, birthday parties and other special events. 15 to 20 miles of hiking trails offers excursions into the surrounding forest. 
Eleven modern campsites with 50-amp services overlook the lake, which is surrounded by southern pines and hardwoods. For those who prefer tent camping, primitive sites are also available. A bathhouse is located nearby that is ADA accessible.
Paul M. Grist is a featured site on the Alabama Black Belt Birding Trail. In the park, you are likely to see a wide variety of waterfowl, song birds, raptors, and both migrating and resident species. Other wildlife you might see include White-tailed deer, Eastern wild turkey and a varity of amphibians and reptiles. 
Area attractions
While staying at Paul M. Grist State Park, you can visit the nearby city of Selma, where there are many historic houses and The Old Depot Museum, an interpretive museum in an 1891 railway depot. Selma is also known for Civil Rights history and is home to the National Voting Rights Museum. Selma hosts several events throughout the year such as the Battle of Selma Re-enactment. Nearby is Old Cahawba Archaeological Park, the site of Alabama’s first capital. Adjacent to the archaeological park is the Old Cahawba Forever Wild tract, which features hiking and hunting opportunities. 
Park Admission fee
•Age 6 to 12: $1
•Age 13 to 61: $3
•Age 62 and over: $1

* We are increasing all entrance fees, excluding children and seniors, by $1.00. We feel this is long overdue in order to maintain the amenities enjoyed by our daily visitors. We believe that our access, facilities, and safe, family-friendly environment provides a positive experience for very little cost.