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Parksland Retreat is a 40 acre forest with off grid facilities and homestead all surrounded by the Talladega National Forest. The hipcamp rate includes a campsite private to your group, hot showers, 1st car parking, and access to the Retreat grounds and waters. [Search "Canvas Bell Tent with Woodstove " listing for our Glamping opti


Welcome! Please read entire listing.

Parksland Retreat is a 40 acre forest with off grid facilities and homestead all surrounded by the Talladega National Forest. The hipcamp rate includes a campsite private to your group, hot showers, 1st car parking, and access to the Retreat grounds and waters. [Search "Canvas Bell Tent with Woodstove " listing for our Glamping option.]

Please count total number of human and pets to enter total # of guests when booking.

Site #1: [Walk in 1/8 Mile] Large Creekside Campsite with fire ring (up to ~6 tents).

Site#2: [Drive Up] Hill Top Campsite with fire ring (Large enough for 3 or 4 tents) It is next to the Parkland Retreat drive so is not completely private but is convenient and has a nice view.

Site#3: [Search "Canvas Bell Tent with Woodstove" listing to book our Glamping option.]

Site #4: [Walk in 1/6 Mile] Completely Private Creekside site with fire ring and two flat spaces for tents. 

Note: Site #1  & especially #4 are most enjoyably accessed with a backpack for your gear. The trail drops 80ft of elevation to get to the creek from the parking area. Trail is not wide or flat enough for carts/wagons.

Note: Each Camp  site (#s 1-4) are booked as a whole and is exclusive for the group booking.


Pets must be leashed when at homestead/center camp or when passing other campsites. Otherwise, Freedom!

Parksland is a clothing optional retreat. Some of the people, some of the time choose not to wear some or any of their clothes. We honor each person's clothing choices.

Off site firewood is not permitted.

Quiet Time 10pm - 9am unless otherwise communicated by host. Natural Soaps only and no detergents allowed.


We are blessed with a location with very few mosquitos etc but Spring through early Fall we highly recommend some lemon/eucalyptus spray to prevent noseeum bites.

See our property improvement updates on Instagram at parkslandretreat.

There isn't a suitable turnaround for trailers unless there are no other cars in the parking area. Let me know at time of booking if you have a trailer and we can discuss feasibility.

LGBTQ & BIPOC Friendly
Campsite area
Bring your own tents
4 sites
Up to 15 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No kitchen
No wifi
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 2PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


2 miles upstream connects to the Pinhoti / Appalation Trail


Our creek is suitable for paddling if it has rained in the past couple days. Otherwise some spots are a bit shallow.


Multiple Rock walls exist on the property


Many areas of the creek are suitable for swimming - other areas are wonderful for sitting in the flowing water. The main swimmi...Read more

Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Camp at Parksland Retreat in Alabama.


For Alabama - We are in the Mountains - the Parkland terrain is quite rugged by flatlander standards.

River, stream, or creek

1/2 mile of swimmable creek winds through the property

Swimming hole

Lots of completely private or community swimming opportunities.


The Blue Hole waterfall, beach & swimming hole is accessible by trail 1/2 mile downstream from Parksland.


The vibe at Camp at Parksland Retreat

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Hipcamper Zeima
Zeima K.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 8th, 2017

I was in a group of 8 and stayed for Labor day weekend. Parksland Yoga Retreat was honestly exactly what we all needed, we had a lovely time. Here you will find stunning views, swimming holes and creeks, and enjoyable hikes. Dustin was very patient and kind in answering my hundreds of questions. He is really friendly and warm. Dustin and his family & friends built a lovely off the grid home/yoga retreat, including an outdoor shower and pit toilet. I really valued and appreciated the environmental practices exercised here.

When you arrive you park up near his home and hike about 1/8th of a mile (like 300 steps if you are short like me) to the private campsite. Keep in mind, it's a fairly steep incline on the way back up, but that is just motivation to pack light and enjoy the ride. It is absolutely worth it though. Seriously, it's like this place is radiating magic. There is a creek that swings around the site which you can swim in. Dustin provides recycling and a trash can, which is nice. The toilet and shower are up the hill, but do yourself a favor and make the hike. That toilet and shower were highlights of my year. No joke.

The area around the site is good for hiking. Must visit the Blue Hole, which is just down the road (like 1 mile away). It's a great swimming hole with a beach, deep water, and plenty of jumping off points. We had an amazing time at Parksland. Dustin and his friends and family are so nice and friendly. I would recommend this place to anyone.

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Hipcamper Courtenay
Courtenay S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
June 4th, 2019

This was my first time using Hip Camp, and it couldn’t have been a more lovely experience. Dustin & Mandy were wonderful — welcoming, kind & accommodating. I stayed at site #1, and it was just dreamy. I just wish I could have stayed
more than one night!

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Hipcamper Madison

Loved it!

Madison O.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
March 29th, 2020

Had so much fun definently comin back! Loved the Hospitality and comfort :) greats Hosts and beautiful campground I also thought the stream water was warm enough to swim in and its only the end of March!

Hipcamper Stephanie
Stephanie O.
recommends this listing.
February 14th, 2018

This place was a dream! Dustin and mandi were so sweet and we loved getting to know them. They were very helpful in letting us know the nearby attractions. They have a gorgeous property and the camping site was one of the best parts about it. Just down the hill from their house, we had our own little private space next to the river. The river was deep enough to swim and we enjoyed taking a little dip. They provided us with firewood and had a fire pit right on the site. They also have a beautiful outdoor shower that really might be one of the best outdoor showers ever. Half way down the hill to the site, there is a platform for yoga. Mandi was nice enough to lead us in a yoga stretch/class. It was one of the most peaceful yoga sessions we have ever done. Hearing the river and the birds while stretching it out was the best way to start the morning. Then on the way out , we stopped at the blue hole. Not far from their driveway. It was such a surprise to find that spot there and it made the morning thay much better. We went for a swim again and we wanted to cliff jump, but the water was just a little too cold to swim over to the cliffs. I can imagine in the summer, this could be a perfect place to spend the whole day cliff jumping, relaxing on the pebble beach, and swimming in the crystal clear water. This is definetley a spot we would visit again and again. Good times!

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Hipcamper Taylor
Taylor D.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
May 13th, 2018

All around great campsite!! Incredibly accommodating. I had to arrive after dark but it was no issue, they had signs directing me in and 2 people to greet me when I arrived to give me an after dark tour and give me some firewood. Great setups, nearby swimming hole, the hot outdoor shower, the list goes on and on!! ALL the people on site were super cool, I can’t wait to go back! A++

Hipcamper Kathryn
Kathryn L.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 5th, 2018

Incredible place! We stayed at Site 1 and loved the private space with the nearby creek. It was well kept and the trails well marked. We made our way over to the nearby private swimming hole for the day- definitely recommend. The hosts, Dustin and Mandy, couldn't have been more hospitable and welcoming. They made our stay awesome. A really cool first hipcamp experience!

The swimming hole across the way. Cooling off in the creek. Our set up!The creek surrounding our site.
Hipcamper Jeremy
Jeremy M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
July 8th, 2018

This place is absolutely incredible. Dustin is amazing, his family is very nice. They property is incredibly beautiful. If you get a chance to, book this place. We don't often make it up that way, but we will return just to spend time there at Parksland. 11/10

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Hipcamper Travis
Travis M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 27th, 2018

This place is super cool. Dustin and his wife are excellent hosts. The camp was extremely private and had a stream to cool off in. There is a waterfall right around the corner thats a lot of fun too. Definitely recommended. The only drawback is camp site one is down a hill and I found out how out of shape I was the hard way.

Hipcamper Katy
Katy F.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
September 4th, 2018

This was a truly unique place to visit. We learned a lot from our time at Parksland Retreat and those residing there in our short stay. The land itself is beautiful, close to swimming holes and streams. Also a great spot for anyone interested in ecoconsious living. Got to check it out yourself! The hosts will treat you with much warmth...thank you Dustin and Mandy :)


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