The best camping near Bankhead National Forest

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Hood Lodge

3 sites · RVs, Tents40 acres · Houston, AL
Learn more about this land:Beautiful pasture and woods to explore. Lots of wildlife all around. Flowing creek is on property and a small cascade. Bankhead National Forest and many hiking trails are very close. No hunting allowed on property, but public hunting grounds are very close. The property is very quiet and serene.
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Argo’s Park & Trails

13 sites · RVs, Tents21 acres · Mount Olive, AL
We are conveniently located 15 miles north of Birmingham AL and 2 miles off of Interstate 65. Our property is approx 21 acres of beautiful hardwoods and pine trees. The front 7 acres is a mixture of open and shaded areas. The back 14 acres consists of trails and roads you can explore. You won’t have any problems finding a place to hang a hammock and relax. There is always wildlife on the property. Come relax and enjoy the land for a few days or come sleep overnight in a safe environment.
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Sipsey Creek Farm

6 sites · Lodging, RVs30 acres · Double Springs, AL
Only Miles from Bankhead National Forest, Sipsey Creek Farm is home to natural caves, bluffs, and waterfalls only accessible through private land. Toilet and kitchen are on site and accessible in the barn. Wake up to a sunrise overlooking a fiber farm, or sleep in a cave. the possibilities are endless.
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Sunrise Campsite at Smith Lake

1 site · RV, Tent1 acre · Arley, AL
My property is an acre and a half on Smith Lake, AL. It resides in a gated community that is rural but also has access to a boat launch and showers. The property also has access to a pool that requires and additional daily cost of $10 for adults and $5 for kids 16 and younger. You can fish from the campsite and swim in the lake.
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Acreage on Sipsey

1 site · RV, Tent1 acre · Arley, AL
Right on an inlet on the water. Lots of trees. Road access right to the property no 4x4 needed. Full Access to swimming pool, private boat ramp and lodge. Others acreages around but very serene and sits right next to the bank head forest where you can hike, hunt or just get in nature. Flat spot for renting or a gravel driveway to park RV
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Bama Campground & RV Park

14 sites · RVs84 acres · Double Springs, AL
We are located on 84 acres on the edge of Bankhead National Forest. Our property has many great spots for primitive camping, as well as hiking trails through the forest. Our property has naturally formed caves, and fresh water springs. We have a bathhouse for campers, with showers, restrooms, and washer/dryer combos. We have 14 hookup spots for RV's, with 50 amp breakers for power, as well as water and sewer hookups.
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Bates Farm

26 sites · RVs, Tents44 acres · Decatur, AL
Welcome to Bates Farm - Where Nature Beckons & Adventure Awaits Unveil the mystical allure of Bates Farm, a privately-owned, fantasy-themed haven that spans 44 breathtaking acres, nestled just 8 miles from the Beltline, a world away from the bustling limits of Decatur, Alabama. A world where you can order doordash or instacart while at your private secluded primitive camping site. There is a bath house with private bathrooms, free use of a washer and dryer, coffee maker and free ice from an ice machine. Here, the realms of adventure and tranquility intertwine, inviting you to step into a world of wonders beyond imagination. At Bates Farm, safety and seclusion are the guiding stars. Our meticulously designed private campsites ensure that each group's space is a sanctuary of its own. Escape the ordinary and surrender to the spellbinding embrace of the enchanting wilderness. Bates Farm beckons you to savor the purest joys of existence, to forge unbreakable bonds with the natural world, and to craft enduring memories with your cherished companions at our outdoor venues. As you set forth on your journey to Bates Farm, the very essence of nature will breathe new life into your spirit. Bates Farm extends its arms wide to embrace the daydreamers and adventurers alike. Hikers can enjoy guided glow hikes, at night with regular fantasy themed hikes during the day. Dog owners can get exercise and creek time. Bates farm welcomes school groups, homeschoolers, church gatherings, family reunions, weddings, events, festivals, with parking and amenities. Our realm is open for exploration for one and all. Be it families seeking picturesque picnics or the thrill of car/van/SUV camping, our gates welcome you into a world where fantasy thrives. Discover Bates Farm—a realm that ignites your imagination, nurtures your connection with nature, and creates an everlasting symphony of shared experiences. The call of the wild beckons, and it's a call to which your spirit must answer. Youtube Podcast of all Bates Farm sites https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLedWcgjSlLH69lmSEcxNtpZk34yqYBqWa&si=UoANQrkWNXftucPb Video of Glamping Amenities: https://youtu.be/vHXSFpVur18 Interactive google map of Bates Farm campground https://www.google.com/maps/@34.5307107,-87.1049941,18z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!6m1!1s1JKWe22dLvy3DNVHHMb0CoYGm2mJmxLI?authuser=0&entry=ttu
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Bug Tussle Creek Bend

1 site · RV, Tent300 acres · Colony, AL
300 acres of family land since 2000. This area was called Boot's Bottoms growing up and the name stuck. There is a rock wall close to the campsite that was a old grist mill site. Plenty of wildlife, bird watching, wildflowers and creek walking. Some old atv trails for hiking as well. Very remote and quite!Learn more about this land:Setup camp on the banks of Dorsey creek in Bug Tussle. Wooded area with shade in the warm season. Flat ground for tents or plenty of trees for hammocks. Easy access for vehicles directly to the campsite. Fire ring with grill grates present for cowboy cooking. Peaceful with plenty of opportunity to see wildlife. Primitive toilet present. Rock dam in creek is great to entertain kids, old grist mill site couple hundred yards downstream. Logging and ATV present for hiking and wildlife viewing. Deeper sections in creek present for swimming and cooling off in warmer months. 
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AdventAge Retreat

153 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents50 acres · Haleyville, AL
Welcome to our tranquil retreat nestled in the heart of nature! This hidden gem offers a unique blend of natural beauty and modern comforts, making it the perfect escape for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. Accommodation Features: *Rock Shelters: Discover two stunning rock shelters on the property, providing a picturesque setting for relaxation or exploration. *Ponds: Immerse yourself in the serene ambiance with three beautiful ponds, perfect for catching and releasing fish or simply enjoying the peaceful surroundings. *Fishing: Enjoy catch and release fishing in the ponds, providing a soothing and rewarding experience for fishing enthusiasts. *Hiking Trails: Embark on scenic hiking trails that wind through the property, offering breathtaking views of rolling hills, creeks, and lush landscapes. *Camping Options: Choose from wooded or non-wooded camping options, allowing you to tailor your outdoor experience to your preferences. *RV Parking: Bring your RV and utilize the dedicated 30-amp connection, ensuring a comfortable stay amidst nature. *Dump Station: Convenience is key, and our nearby dump station makes RV maintenance hassle-free. *On-site Camper Rental: For those seeking a cozy stay, we offer an on-site camper available for rent, equipped with all the essentials for a comfortable retreat. *Natural Features: Explore the diverse terrain, including rolling hills, babbling creeks, and two enchanting waterfalls during the wet season. *Tranquil Atmosphere: Experience the utmost tranquility in our super quiet and beautiful property, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Whether you're a solo adventurer, a couple seeking a romantic getaway, or a family yearning for quality time in nature, our property offers an unforgettable escape. Book now and immerse yourself in the beauty of our natural haven!
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Fort Bluff Camp Site

1 site · Tent162 acres · Somerville, AL
This camp site has one of the most beautiful bluff views in all of northern Alabama. The mounds located on the bluff date back 10,000-12,000 years ago to the paleo Indian era. You can hike for days and climb up and down the bluff to experience the base of the rocks. Camp with the Indian spirits.  This 10,000-12,000 year old Indian site with mounds created by the Indians is one of the most beautiful sites in Northern Alabama.  Bring a tent or sleep under the stars on this memorable bluff.  Hike over the 162 acres and scale the bluff for an exciting hike along the base of the rocks where Indians also camped long ago.
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Mt. Doom's Haunted Woodlands

5 sites · RVs, Tents200 acres · Hanceville, AL
Mt. Doom has over 200 acres of woodlands that have not been cut in nearly a century.  We play paintball on a small part of the property on weekends and you can join in!  However, 90% of the area is totally virgin timberland and you could walk all day without seeing another living soul.  Lots of trails and roadways to hike and views off the mountains at every turn.  Less than 1.5 mi. from Mulberry River with whitewater rapids or swimming access.  Some say spirits roam these woods but not in a malevolent way, just strange noises, sudden winds and leaves moving or the feeling of being watched.  Awesome view of the constellations far from ground light clutter and an eerie quietness prevails.  Crows will follow your movements and talk about you right to your face!  An unforgettable destination stop that you will mark on your map for every visit you take to Alabama.Learn more about this land:Over 200 acres of undeveloped southern woodlands surrounded by corporate owned timber lands that are fully accessible for hiking or mountain biking.  Campsite overlooks 20 miles of unobstructed view from a grassy point on the last mountains in the Appalachian Mountain chains.  Very isolated and quiet with good view of constellations at night.  Miles of woodland roadways and trails where you won't see another person but might catch a glimpse of any number of southern woodland creatures.  A little noisy on weekends as we operate a paintball/airsoft field on part of the property, but otherwise you'd be the only people in the woods for miles around.  Paintball "extra" available if you'd like to try a survival game while you are here!
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Wild Violet Gardens

2 sites · RVs5 acres · Birmingham, AL
Wild Violet Gardens is a 5-acre urban homestead that is home to 5 cats, 2 dogs, and 7 humans. We have a garden where we grow a variety of annual veggies and perennials herbs and flowers, lots of open space, and a small creek running along one edge of the property. We are a 2 minute drive from our neighborhood library, 15 minutes from beautiful Turkey Creek Nature Preserve for swimming and wildlife), 15 minutes from the Avondale neighborhood of Birmingham (a young, buzzing area known for its trendy coffee shops and craft breweries, live music venues, and eclectic mix of restaurants) and 20 minutes to Sidewalk Cinema in downtown Birmingham.
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Find your sweet home in Alabama’s Bankhead National Forest where skies really are so blue! With 16 wilderness areas to explore, places like the Sipsey Wilderness offer adventure and solitude out on the trails. Horseback riding and bike trails are a rad way to get miles under your feet, while spotting wildflowers and quail galore. Looking to cool off? There’s plenty of fishing and swimming for water lovers, or take shade under Bee Branch, a 500 year old poplar tree that stand majestically in the park. Over 150 miles of hiking trails are a show in all seasons and with sick campgrounds that have all the hook-ups you’re sure to return to Bankhead time and time again.

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