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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, Parking for one (1) car per booking. , and access to the Retreat grounds and waters. [Search "Canvas Woodstove Tent at Parksland " lis

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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, Parking for one (1) car per booking. , and access to the Retreat grounds and waters. [Search "Canvas Woodstove Tent at Parksland " listing for our Fully Furnished options.]

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

Site #1 "Hill Top" (P1): [Drive Up] Primitive 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#2 "Creekbend" (P2): [Walk in 1/8 Mile, 80ft elevation change] Large Creekside Campsite with fire ring (up to ~6 tents).

Site#3: [Walk in 1/6 Mile 80ft elevation change] Completely Private Creekside site with fire ring and two flat spaces for tents. 

Note: Site #2 (P2) & especially #3 (P3) are most enjoyably accessed with a backpack for your gear. Pack Light! 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 is booked as a whole and is exclusive for the group booking.

Agreements:

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.

Notes:

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
3 sites
Up to 7 guests per site
Short walk
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No kitchen
No wifi
Have a question? Send Dustin a message!
  • 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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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Hiking

We have a 2 mile creekside and Ridgeline loop trail, also 2 miles upstream connects to the Pinhoti / Appalation Trail.

Paddling

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

Climbing

Multiple Rock walls exist on the property

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Wildlife watching

Terrain

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

Mountainous

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.

Waterfall

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

Forest

Places to see near Parksland Retreat

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Hipcamper Orlando

Good times at parksland

Orlando V.
recommends this listing.
(P1 Hilltop)
November 10th, 2021

I had a great time at Parksland Retreat. The sites are well kept and placed far enough from each other that it still feels like you're all on your own, but close enough to all the amenities. The nearby trail is awesome, defiantly check it out if your stay. Highly recommend this place, Dustin has done a great job laying this retreat out. Will be back one day.

Hipcamper Justin

Beautiful campsites, terrible hike

Justin A.
recommends this listing.
(P3 Creekside)
November 7th, 2021

Parksland retreat is a campground in a unique place, taledega Forrest has many clear rivers and mountains, which is interesting considering how far south it is. There's also what feels like a hundred miles of dirt roads around the property, and the driveway of the property itself is a very sketchy narrow one way dirt road with cliffs on both sides.
They had a cool little homestead and chicken farm as there community area. They sell firewood, lighters, and towels there, and have a public shower that's pretty nice.
The first day I was there I saw a few people building a cabin without clothes on, so if you come here just know that can happen. Out of the 3 days I was there I only saw people hanging in the community area 1 time, but since I was here with my son and wife I had to get back to camp and couldnt talk too much, everyone kind of kept to themselves but they seemed nice.
The campsite however, kind of gave me mixed feelings. We stayed at campsite P3. (Or f3, whichever creekside is) The site itself was absolutely gorgeous, a beautiful clear river with two rocks in the middle to sit on. The river is in a valley with mountainous hills on each side. Once I had everything set up at camp I really enjoyed the time I spent there. But there was barely room for our 8 person tent there, anything bigger would've been unlevel or just not fit. Also the fire pit is kinda small but that could be a safety thing.
The only real drawback which was kind of a big one is that the listing doesn't specify just how steep/rugged the terrain to the campsite is. It only lists the distance as 1/6 of a mile.
We had a cooler, a propane grill, an 8 person tent, airbed, and 2 chairs. It took me almost 3 hours and 4 trips to get all my stuff to the campsite. It really is only a 5 minute walk usually, however it is directly down a very steep mountain and across a one foot wide rocky narrow trail next to the river.
This made carrying big items like the cooler and tents feel impossible. An all terrain buggy is useless here as well.
Once I was there it was beautiful, but the thought of having to hike it all back up the long trail up the super steep mountain gave my wife overlooming anxiety for the whole first half of the trip until I assured her it would be fine and I'd spend the hours hiking all our gear back myself.
The hiking trail they have here too is pretty nice, it leads down to a larger area of the river that they dubbed the beach, there's also a giant canyon rock wall next to the swimming hole that's very beautiful to look at.
Overall I enjoyed my experience here, but the hike down to the campsite was honestly a nightmare and I'm afraid that people trying to enjoy time in there yurts may have heard me cussing up a storm trying to safely get all my gear down the mountain. I honestly would've paid someone to help me with it but like I said earlier there weren't that many people walking around and most keep to themselves.
If your going to stay in either of the creekside campsites, especially site 3, I recommend bringing hammocks to sleep in and dehydrated or small/light meals that will easily fit in your bag. You're really not going to want to make more than 1 or 2 safe trips up and down that hill.
When I come back I'll stay at the hillside campsite, which could honestly be called mountain side, in the summer it looks like a normal wooded site. But in the winter I can tell when the leaves die it probably has a very nice mountainous view. The only drawback of that site is that it's literally 5 feet off the driveway road. So there isn't much privacy there and someone could come driving right past you at any time. Although during our stay I only heard 2/3 cars on that road ever at all.
I think the only real recommendation I'd have for the owners is to accurately list each individual site a little better hipcamp/Airbnb. Each listing for all the different sites and yurts use the same pictures and have very similar descriptions. I understand having pictures of the swimming hole and community area, but listing for hillside should have 5/6 hillside photos, creekbend should have more photos of the creekbend site, this could have been updated by the time I post this but every posts for each different site looks identical just with a different name, it made picking the site kind of a risk because Id have to assume it was the one in the picture I liked. Also more of a warning about just how hard it is to hike the stuff in to that site would be good, I was able to manage, but if I was older and in not as good of physical state I don't think it would've been possible at all and some people could get pretty upset if they drive hours here just to find it impossible.

Besides those few things I really enjoyed the time I spent here and I think that there's a lot of potential for this place going into the future, and I'm interested to watch how it grows and develops.

Hipcamper Taylor
Taylor T.
recommends this listing.
(P3 Creekside)
November 6th, 2021

It was super nice and peaceful, a little hike to our spot, but very enjoyable!

Hipcamper Courtney

Slice of heaven!

Courtney H.
recommends this listing.
(P1 Hilltop)
October 31st, 2021

We loved our stay at Parksland Retreat! It had everything and more! The area was just beautiful. Dustin, our host was kind, accommodating, and offered anything we needed to have a perfect campout. You can tell how much love and hard work has gone into creating this little slice of heaven.

Each campsite offered privacy and our site (site 1) on the hilltop had ample space for multiple tents. It was the first cold weekend of the year and it felt like we had the place to ourselves!

We enjoyed the hiking trails and fall colors. Having firewood on site was an awesome plus that made our stay convenient, warm and cozy! We will definitely be back to try out one of the other sites & bell tents! Highly recommend!

Hipcamper Joy Brooke

Beautiful retreat!

Joy Brooke F.
recommends this listing.
(P1 Hilltop)
October 25th, 2021

Wonderful and welcoming spot, can't wait to go back.

Hipcamper Emily
Emily R.
recommends this listing.
(P1 Hilltop)
October 24th, 2021

What a beautiful location with lots of well thought out touches and friendly folks. I can’t wait to come back!

Hipcamper amelia
Amelia P.
recommends this listing.
(P1 Hilltop)
October 23rd, 2021

Beautiful place! The trail was stunning.

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Hipcamper Joy Brooke

Beautiful and welcoming spot

Joy Brooke F.
recommends this listing.
(P2 Creekbend)
October 19th, 2021

Sweet, well-cared-for property in the midst of some beautiful wilderness. Dustin was friendly and welcoming. Wish we could have stayed longer. Look forward to coming back.

Hipcamper Stephanie
Stephanie N.
recommends this listing.
(P2 Creekbend)
October 18th, 2021

Our group of 3 stayed at P2 creekside campsite.
We came prepared to hike in - backpacks and things we could carry. It’s a pretty quick walk going down to the site but steep on the way back up to parking. Pack light!

The creekside campsite is a lovely space! It felt private and tucked away from everyone. We were near the loop hiking trail and enjoyed checking out the property.
I’d like to return in the summer when the creek is full and available for swimming.

We used this as our base for exploring Cheaha State park and other nearby trails.

Awards

Best in 2021 Alabama
1st place
Best of 2019 Alabama
2nd place
Property
Parksland Retreat
State
Alabama
Country
United States
$25/night
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