JOE WHEELER STATE PARK CAMPGROUND
SECTION A OPEN THROUGH NOVEMBER 2020!
We are excited to announce that the new online camping reservation system is now live. Feel free to make your reservations by using the new online tool, calling the park office or simply walking in. We encourage advance reservations. Please keep in mind this online reservation system is new. If you experience any issues we would appreciate your feedback. Thank you for choosing the Alabama State Parks.
The tornado that passed through Joe Wheeler State Park on December 16, 2019 devastated our beloved campground and day use/picnic area, forcing the park to close these areas and cancel all camping reservations. Since then, park officials have worked tirelessly, wading through proper channels and protocols to ensure the very best future for both the Joe Wheeler State Park Campground and Day Use Area.
Fortunately, we are now able to re-open Section A of the campground, making 43 full hookup campsites available to our guests through November 2020.
“We are so pleased that Joe Wheeler State Park can offer a partial re-opening of our campground,” said Chad Davis, District Superintendent of Northwest Alabama State Parks. “Recovering from the tornado hasn’t been an easy task, and we still have work to do, but we’re very pleased that the relatively unscathed portion of the campground will be available for our guests.”
While Campground A will open, Campground Sections B and C and the Primitive Camping Area remain closed. In addition, day-use areas, which include the beach, pavilions, basketball and tennis courts, and the disc golf course will also remain closed. No one will be allowed to enter these areas. This will be strictly enforced in the interest of protecting the safety of all park visitors.
Campsites in Campground A rent for $30 per night, plus tax and fees. Check-In is 12pm and Check-Out is 11am. No Wi-Fi connection is available, and only one bathhouse will be open for guests.
Reservations will be accepted through November 29, but guests must depart by Nov. 30th because a complete renovation of the campground is scheduled for this Winter.
The newly renovated campground store will be open with limited supplies, while the lodge, marina, golf course, cabins and cottages remain open. Water access for fishing will be available at the lodge/marina area, and a boat ramp is available at the main launch on First Creek.
“The speed of the repair and renovation work at Joe Wheeler State Park has been impressive, and it maintains Joe Wheeler’s place as one of the top attractions in the Tennessee Valley,” said Chris Blankenship, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “It’s because of our dedicated staff and selfless volunteers that we are able to yet again provide camping and outdoor recreation at Joe Wheeler campground. The new trail is also a wonderful addition to the park and is a must see for our guests.”
Below, we will post photos of progress being made in Sections B and C and The Day Use Area so that our guests can join us on the journey to reopening these areas with the park.