Free Wireless at Alabama State Parks

In the last year, a new technology has been added to many of Alabama’s state parks—wireless Internet.

With free wireless Internet now available at select Alabama State Park campgrounds, roughing it no longer means disconnecting from the modern world, according to a news release.

“The wireless Internet program is one of the largest wide-scale Wi-Fi deployments of any United States park system,” says Tim Wishum, Alabama State Parks Acting Co-Director.

“The Alabama program will provide more than 20,000 park guests with free Internet access while camping.”

While many people love to come to Alabama’s state parks to experience the beauty of nature, to relax, to hike, fish, and explore, sometimes it’s difficult—if not impossible—to fully unplug from technology. School, work, financial transactions, and social networking are just a few of the many reasons people want to be connected.

The Alabama State Parks Wi-Fi network provides guests with a reliable Internet connection to enhance their visit to the parks by allowing them to stay connected with friends and family back home as well as conduct essential business such as school work, financial transactions, and social media.

Beginning with Gulf State Park in August 2010, the parks system has deployed over 600 radios, routers, and relays, utilizing 92 miles of wireless networks to provide Internet to more than 1,200 campsites for more than 20,000 guests.

Currently Lakepoint, Gulf, Wind Creek, and Cheaha State Parks have Wi-Fi Internet in the campgrounds.

Lake Guntersville, Joe Wheeler, and Oak Mountain are in the final stages of establishing their Wi-Fi systems.

Rather than create a few localized “hot spots,” these deployments have turned entire campgrounds “hot,” allowing for guests to stay connected in the comfort of their own recreational vehicles.

Free Wi-Fi is also available in or near the park office or store in select parks that do not have the campground systems.

Those parks include Blue Springs, Monte Sano, Buck’s Pocket, Florala, Frank Jackson, Lake Lurleen, and DeSoto.

Ongoing support and continuous improvements have been implemented to ensure any problem areas or outages are remedied in short order.

The next time you take a trip and need to stay connected, Alabama State Parks will be ready to meet your needs.

Details

Alabama State Parks

Most Alabama State Parks host modern campsites along with primitive camping.

Modern bathhouses and spacious camping pads—many right on the water—make camping in an Alabama State Park comfortable and fun.

Many park campgrounds offer senior discounts, allow pets, have onsite picnic tables and grills, and ample parking for visitors.

Advance reservations are recommended, especially on weekends and holidays.

Phone: (800) ALAPARK (252-7275)

Website: alapark.com

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR)

The new pier at Gulf State Park. (Source: gulf-shores-alabama.net)

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) promote the wise stewardship, management, and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.

Address: 64 N. Union Street, Suite 468, Montgomery, AL 36130

Website: outdooralabama.com

Worth Pondering…

Dixie

Oh, I wish I was in the land of cotton,
Old times there are not forgotten,
Look away, look away, look away Dixie Land.
In Dixie Land, where I was born in,
early on one frosty mornin’,
Look away, look away, look away Dixie Land.

—Daniel Decatur Emmett

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