This month’s escape took me to Spanish Fort, Alabama, a great town in the heart of the Southern Coastal Plain. Although I only had time for a two-day, one-night adventure January 6-7, 2016, I had a blast exploring one of “Alabama’s Ten Natural Wonders” thanks to my fellow Alabama State Parks staff and the great folks at 5 Rivers. The Mobile Delta is one of the most biologically diverse areas in North America, but until recently I knew very little about this water-filled wonder some call “America’s Amazon.” The delta is a complex network of tidally influenced rivers, creeks, bays, lakes, wetlands, and bayous. It spans more than 200,000 acres of swamps, river bottomlands and marshes. Where the Mobile, Spanish, Tensaw, Apalachee and Blakeley rivers flow into Mobile Bay, there are two fantastic access points to the waters of the Mobile Delta: Meaher State Park and 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center.
Welcome to the Eighth Day Escape adventure series and contest by Parks Explorer! Throughout this year, Parks Explorer will share trip ideas, staff stories, activity suggestions, and much more from each Alabama State Park. These monthly posts will be personal accounts of traveling Park Naturalist Emily Vanderford, where she details her park adventures and experiences in the unique natural areas across the state. While reading about park adventures is not nearly as meaningful as experiencing them first-hand, Parks Explorer wants you to know just how many opportunities there are for you to enjoy Alabama the beautiful.