If your bedroom walls seem to be shrinking and you find yourself pining for the great outdoors, rejoice! You can still roam, hike, and sight-see under Governor Kay Ivey’s order and enjoy the beauty of the wilds at Alabama’s state parks. While beaches, swimming pools, cave tours, and other playgrounds and recreational facilities will not be open, parkgoers can still hike, fish, hunt, boat, and paddle. Here are six Alabama state parks to find some fresh air and beautiful views at right now!
Cheaha State Park
Address: 19644 Hwy 281, Delta, AL
Why You Need To Go: There’s no shortage of hiking trails to explore in Cheaha, and you’ll be rewarded for your hard work with incredible mountaintop views and tons of waterfalls. Chinnabee Silent Trail is a great place to start!
Desoto State Park
Address: 7104 DeSoto Parkway NE Fort Payne, AL
Why You Need To Go: Wildflowers and waterfalls adorn the trails here, filling your vision with blooming sights of nature. From kayaking to biking and fishing there are tons of ways to enjoy the great outdoors here.
Monte Sano State Park
Address: 26955 U.S. Highway 43 Gallion, AL
Why You Need To Go: Named "The Mountain of Health," you'll find stunning mountain vistas, beautiful wildflowers, and tons of trails to wander and enjoy at this park.
Chewacla State Park
Address: 124 Shell Toomer Parkway Auburn, AL
Why You Need To Go: Along with great hiking, mountain biking trails, and waterfalls to chase, there is plenty of beauty to be admired here. Chewacla is also an ideal fishing spot. Cast your reel at Lake Chewacla, or try your luck at the park’s two creeks.
Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge
Address: 3121 Visitor Center Road, Decatur, AL
Why You Need To Go: Along with hiking and bird watching, Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge is also home to a magical rainbow swamp. You’ll be able to spot the rainbows best after it’s been dry and without much wind, and who knows, maybe you’ll spot a unicorn too!
Oak Mountain State Park
Address: 200 Terrace Drive Pelham, AL
Why You Need To Go: This is a great park for thrill-seekers with a BMX course and tons of watersports to enjoy, but you can also take the leisurely path and wander the trails at your own pace. Don't forget to stop and take in the views!