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georgebonord 06-22-2021 03:16 AM

Alabama campground suggestions
 
Can anyone recommend a state park campground in Alabama? We want to take our 2003 HR Vacationer out soon on a shakedown trip to gain confidence in the MH.
Our 2ND trip out in it ended after only 35 miles with a total brake failure and a blown master cylinder. When we got it out of the RV repair center, it threw a check engine light on the way home. We just don't trust it and want a somewhat short trip into Alabama to restore our confidence.

PanJH 06-22-2021 06:43 AM

We stayed at DeSoto State Park a few years ago. Very nice place, roomy sites.

Charming 06-22-2021 06:54 AM

We enjoy Gunter Hill, a COE park near Montgomery. It is not far off I-65. Hiking trails, boat launch, close to Montgomery and Selma. Nice size lots, many are full service.

MarvinG 06-22-2021 09:23 AM

Depending on how far you want to drive:

Red Top Mountain state park is nice but not far from you. Also in Georgia but farther away and just across the line from Desoto state park in Alabama is Cloudland Canyon State Park.

I am told Lake Guntersville State Park is very nice, but I havenít been there personally.

hamm2018 06-22-2021 10:23 AM

Gulf State Park in gulf Shores:
https://www.alapark.com/parks/gulf-state-park

If not there you can also try Dauphin Island we have stayed at the Dauphin Island campground before, but it is private not a state park.
https://www.dauphinisland.org/

Milamr 06-22-2021 11:14 AM

Oak Mountain State Park is very large and just south of Birmingham.

twogypsies 06-22-2021 03:20 PM

Since you live in Bowdon, near I-20, I'd suggest Wind Creek State Park at Alexander City. It's not too far and is a very nice park. Good luck!!

Brad2018 06-22-2021 05:32 PM

I second Wind Creek. It's a very nice state park. Closest to your location is probably Cheaha State Park. Haven't been there but it's on our list. Gulf State Park is also nice but always seems to be booked up when we think about making reservations.

georgebonord 06-23-2021 05:02 AM

Parks
 
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Originally Posted by Brad2018 (Post 5802014)
I second Wind Creek. It's a very nice state park. Closest to your location is probably Cheaha State Park. Haven't been there but it's on our list. Gulf State Park is also nice but always seems to be booked up when we think about making reservations.


I agree with you about Cheaha park being nice! It is.



We have crossed it off because it has some very steep drives. We don't want to learn about our RV in this park.


I'll take a good hard look at Wind Creek.


Sounds like we got into rv's at just the same time a lot of other did too. Sounds like the campgrounds are overwhelmed with other rvers trying to get in.

Teamfoxy 06-23-2021 05:38 AM

We have stayed at Cheaha. Not a place to be if your coach is questionable. Off the beaten path and access roads are steep depending on which way you are coming from. Cell phone service was non existant.
Gunter Hill COE would be a great choice.

CharlesinGA 06-25-2021 09:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Milamr (Post 5801542)
Oak Mountain State Park is very large and just south of Birmingham.

Oak Mtn suffered significant damage and many trees blown down in the recent B'ham tornado, just so you know.

For stuff really close, there is Chattahoochee Bend State Park in Georgia (take 5 to Whitesburg, then Alt 27 across the river and turn right, following the signs. https://gastateparks.org/ChattahoocheeBend

Or, Little Tallapoosa Park (county) on 113 about 2Ĺ miles outside the 166 Carrollton Loop, heading up toward Temple. https://www.carrollcountyga.com/288/Parks

Cloudland Canyon is beautiful but if you are concerned about the MH, I would not go, as the grades on GA 136 getting to the park (from either direction) could be an issue.

You might consider James H "Sloppy" Floyd State Park, just off of GA 100 below Summerville. It has 24 sites, a lake and a beautiful waterfall. https://gastateparks.org/JamesHFloyd

In Gasden AL is Noccalula Falls Campground and city park. It has a 90 ft waterfall and you can walk to the bottom of the falls (trail kinda rocky and rooted but not bad). One of my neighbors told me about two weeks ago that they had just returned from a two day trip there in their Class A, and enjoyed it, even thought they had been there before.https://www.noccalulafallspark.com/campground/
https://www.noccalulafallspark.com/special-events

Going south, there are Corp of Engineer parks around the West Point Lake. Amity, Schaffer Heard, and Holiday are three of the campgounds. My neighbors go all the time and really enjoy their stays there.

If you go to Desoto State Park, be sure and visit Little River Canyon National Preserve and Falls, administrated by by the National Park Service. https://www.nps.gov/liri/description-of-the-park.htm
https://www.nps.gov/liri/planyourvis...iver-falls.htm

The best thing you can do is just drive the MH. Use it for Saturday jaunts to parks or where ever, 30 miles up the road and back, Walmart, etc Put some miles on it every week. Things that don't sound or feel right will become apparent and you won't have a trip ruined. I used to drive my Class C to Walmart or other places once every two weeks or so just to keep it running good.

Charles

georgebonord 06-26-2021 08:25 AM

Rv campgrounds
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Charming (Post 5801228)
We enjoy Gunter Hill, a COE park near Montgomery. It is not far off I-65. Hiking trails, boat launch, close to Montgomery and Selma. Nice size lots, many are full service.

You state that many of the Gunter Hill spaces are full service. Do you mean they have electric (30/50 amp), water, & sewer? A lot of Corp of Engineer parks will offer everything but sewer.

If they have full hookups then it might be worth taking a look at it.


Thanks for the reply!!

georgebonord 06-26-2021 08:41 AM

Rv campgrounds
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by CharlesinGA (Post 5806761)
Oak Mtn suffered significant damage and many trees blown down in the recent B'ham tornado, just so you know.

For stuff really close, there is Chattahoochee Bend State Park in Georgia (take 5 to Whitesburg, then Alt 27 across the river and turn right, following the signs. https://gastateparks.org/ChattahoocheeBend

Or, Little Tallapoosa Park (county) on 113 about 2Ĺ miles outside the 166 Carrollton Loop, heading up toward Temple. Parks | Carroll County, GA - Official Website

Cloudland Canyon is beautiful but if you are concerned about the MH, I would not go, as the grades on GA 136 getting to the park (from either direction) could be an issue.

You might consider James H "Sloppy" Floyd State Park, just off of GA 100 below Summerville. It has 24 sites, a lake and a beautiful waterfall. https://gastateparks.org/JamesHFloyd

In Gasden AL is Noccalula Falls Campground and city park. It has a 90 ft waterfall and you can walk to the bottom of the falls (trail kinda rocky and rooted but not bad). One of my neighbors told me about two weeks ago that they had just returned from a two day trip there in their Class A, and enjoyed it, even thought they had been there before.Campground ‚€” Noccalula Falls
Special Events at Noccalula Falls In Gadsden, AL ‚€” Noccalula Falls

Going south, there are Corp of Engineer parks around the West Point Lake. Amity, Schaffer Heard, and Holiday are three of the campgounds. My neighbors go all the time and really enjoy their stays there.

If you go to Desoto State Park, be sure and visit Little River Canyon National Preserve and Falls, administrated by by the National Park Service. https://www.nps.gov/liri/description-of-the-park.htm
https://www.nps.gov/liri/planyourvis...iver-falls.htm

The best thing you can do is just drive the MH. Use it for Saturday jaunts to parks or where ever, 30 miles up the road and back, Walmart, etc Put some miles on it every week. Things that don't sound or feel right will become apparent and you won't have a trip ruined. I used to drive my Class C to Walmart or other places once every two weeks or so just to keep it running good.

Charles


Hi Charles
Thanks for the info on all the parks. It appears very helpful.

I don't think we will do any GA state campgrounds because they are just plain outdated. On the other hand, the Carroll County park is NICE. We will use it. We live in Carroll County. COE in GA don't appeal to me because they don't have full hookups and I don't want to get set up then break camp to go dump. Too big a hassle. The COE parks you mentioned are scenic.


Once again thanks for all the info.

wayfarer2021 06-26-2021 06:36 PM

Sites 1-70 have full hookups to include sewer. It is a really nice park.

Tom

Quote:

Originally Posted by georgebonord (Post 5807091)
You state that many of the Gunter Hill spaces are full service. Do you mean they have electric (30/50 amp), water, & sewer? A lot of Corp of Engineer parks will offer everything but sewer.

If they have full hookups then it might be worth taking a look at it.


Thanks for the reply!!



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