Location: Auburn, Alabama
Webpage: Alabama State Park
General Description: In the 1930s the CCC built 6 stone cottages in the park, which have been restored and available today. Today the 696 acre park provides swimming and fishing near the site of the 19th century Wright’s Mill. In addition to the creek there are hiking trails, bike trails, and camping sites consisting of 36 RV sites and 10 primitive sites. The RV sites all have full hookups, including cable TV which is rare for state parks. Cable has been added in support of visitors interested in Auburn football, which is less than a mile away across I-85 from the park.
1) As with all state parks in Alabama, the sites are spacious and semi-private. We were fortunate to have one of the few pull-through sites which meant our front door opened towards the woods and primitive camping sites. We had a picnic table and fire ring, although there was a state-wide ban on burning due to the severe drought.
2) The bathrooms/showers are very modern and kept reasonably clean. It was also nice that this was a gated park requiring the gate code to enter or leave the park after 5 pm.
3) The proximity to Auburn is a nice feature, so long as you are not staying during a home football weekend. Not only would you have to make reservations months in advance, but the traffic coming off of the interstate would be a problem. As we had spent 25 years in Auburn we knew our way around the back roads, although we knew better then to try and stay during a football weekend anyway.