The famed “Sweet Home Alabama” you may have heard is more than a song. This is a land of history, culture, music, and adventure from beaches to mountains. Music legends Nat King Cole, W.C. Handy, and Hank Williams were born in Alabama. Here, Gospel is sung in churches and folks dance, while Blues, Country, and Jazz are also popular music genres.
While mostly known for college football and slow cooked ribs, Alabama is actually geographically diverse with the rolling foothills of the Smoky Mountains in the North, open plains in the center, and the Gulf of Mexico in the south. This makes Alabama an excellent destination for RVers.
A key factor in planning an RV road trip is selecting RV parks and resorts.
Here are my top five picks for Alabama RV parks, campgrounds, and resorts.
Bella Terra of Gulf Shores, Foley
Expect to find an upscale Class A motorhome ownership resort. Daily, weekly, and monthly stays welcome. Lot sizes range from 3,500 to 4,500 square feet with paved pads approximately 16 feet x 75 feet and a paved patio. Select from pull-in facing the nine-acre lake, pull-through, or back-in sites. Paved streets. Cable TV, Wi-Fi, telephone, and 200 amp service capability.
Once settled in, consider the “Grand” clubhouse and zero entry infinity pool with Jacuzzi and various patios overlooking the lake. Inside you will discover the great room with large screen TV, movie theater room, fitness center, dry sauna, pedicure/massage room, and lounge/bar area.
Capital City RV Park, Montgomery
Approximately 6 miles north of I-85 (Exit 6), Capital City RV Park is a 5-star park located on the northeastern edge of Montgomery. Our pull-through site is in the 65-75 foot range. 50/30-amp electric service, water, sewer, and cable TV (48 channels) are centrally located.
Interior roads and individual sites are gravel. Wi-Fi works well from our site; no problem locating satellite. This is a well designed and maintained RV park with very reasonable rates.
Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores
Located 1.5 miles from the white sand beaches, Gulf State Park Campground offers 496 improved full- hookup campsites with paved pads and 11 primitive sites. Campground features 11 modern air conditioned bathhouses, camp store, laundry facilities, swimming pool with splash pad, tennis/pickle ball courts, horseshoes, volleyball, nature center, and weekly activities.
Boasting features that were not available on the old pier, destroyed in 2004 by Hurricane Ivan, the Gulf State Park Pier offers features such as indoor seating for concession area, indoor retail area for tackle and souvenirs, comfort stations at the midpoint of the pier, and wheelchair accessible rail fishing. The new pier has 2,448 feet of fishing space available along the rails.
Lake Osprey RV Resort, Elberta
An upscale resort near the Alabama Gulf Coast, Lake Osprey RV Resort offers 88 extra-large RV lots designed around 70 acres with an 11 acre Lake Osprey. Lake Osprey amenities include paved interior roads, 16-foot x 75-foot concrete pads, free laundry, hot tub, fitness center, clubhouse, and swimming pool. All utilities including 30/50-amp electric service, water, sewer, and cable TV are centrally located.
Located adjacent to Soldiers Creek 18 hole championship golf course.
Meaher State Park, Spanish Fort
Located in the wetlands of Mobile Bay near Spanish Fort, Meaher State Park is a scenic 1,327-acre park offering facilities for both camping and day-use.
The Mobile Delta consists of approximately 20,323 acres of water and Meaher State Park is the perfect access point to this massive natural wonder. Formed by the confluence of the Alabama and Tombigbee Rivers, the Mobile Delta is a complex network of tidally influenced rivers, creeks, bays, lakes, wetlands, and bayous. Since the Delta empties into Mobile Bay, it is a productive estuary with numerous species of fresh and saltwater fish.
A 300-foot fishing pier with a 200-foot “T” and boat ramp make the park an excellent location for fishing with Mobile Bay providing a productive estuary offering numerous species of fresh and saltwater fish. The boat ramp is located on the Blakeley River on the east end of the park.
A self-guided walk on two nature trails includes a boardwalk with an up-close view of the beautiful Mobile Delta. Enjoy watching the abundant aquatic bird life as well as alligators.
The day-use area features a picnic area and comfort station for visitors.
Big-rig friendly Meaher State Park offers 56 modern campsites with 50/30/20-amp electric service, water, and sewer connections. Semi-circle pull-through sites exceed 100 feet in length. Most back-in sites are in the 60-65 foot range. The campground also features a bathhouse with laundry facilities and Wi-Fi. A tower is located on top of the bathhouse. There are also 10 improved tent sites with water and 20-amp electric service. Current RV camping rate is $35/night; tent sites $22/night. Weekly rates for RV sites are $182. Monthly rates for RV sites from November through March only are $623. Reservations are available by contacting the state park.
Vogel Talks RVing selected this list of Alabama RV parks and resorts from parks personally visited.
Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet home Alabama
Lord, I’m coming home to you