Location: Guntersville, Alabama
Webpage: Alabama State Park
General Description: Lake Guntersville Resort State Park is located along the banks of the Tennessee River in Northeast Alabama and offers many outdoor activities. There are 6,000 acres of natural woodlands to explore on 36 miles of hiking and biking trails, an 18-hole championship golf course, a beach complex, an outdoor nature center, and excellent fishing in Alabama’s largest lake. In addition to the day-use area, there is an award winning lodge on the bluff overlooking the lake and an RV and tent campgrounds for overnight use.
1) As we visited the park in March, there was no fee to enter the park, although there was a $3 honor fee to use the hiking trails. We visited the lodge in order to obtain a map of the hiking trails and were impressed with the quality of the facilities.
2) Of the 36 miles of hiking trails, we decided to make a 2 mile loop by combining two of the trails together that left from the same parking spot, Kings Chapel and Terrell trails. It was a nice walk through the Alabama woods and since we choose to take the spur that climb to the top of Graveyard Hill, we were awarded with some nice views of the lake.
3) Although we had understood that the campground was closed, it was over half full of RVs and looked anything but closed.