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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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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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CAMP 222 (A Private Campground)

1 site · RV, Tent1 acre · Cullman, AL
Welcome to CAMP 222, a private campground nestled on approximately 1 acre of land adjacent to Lewis Smith Lake in Cullman, AL. Experience the tranquility of lake life as you enjoy boating adventures accessed via our private boat ramp. Relax and bask in the sun on our floating sun deck, or unwind in the shade with a nap in one of our hammocks. As night falls, gather around our fire pit to share stories without the distractions of nearby campers. Our campground offers camper hook-ups for water and electricity, although sewer facilities are not available. Guests must either have a camper with a restroom or bring their own camp toilets. Conveniently situated just off Cullman County Road 222, our campsite is within a quarter mile of two gas stations, two independently owned stores offering short-order food options, and a Dollar General. While there may be some road noise from County Road 222, especially during daytime hours, it typically tapers off in the evening and nighttime. Enjoy stunning views of the 4th of July fireworks from Smith Lake Park, as our property provides a prime vantage point. Lewis Smith Lake, managed by Alabama Power, spans 21,000 acres and is the deepest lake in Alabama at 264 ft. The water level varies throughout the year, usually reaching full-pool from April to July before gradually decreasing for the autumn and winter seasons. Please note the rocky shore near the sun deck, which is why jumping or diving from the sun deck is prohibited. The nearby City of Cullman, located approximately 10 miles away, offers abundant shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Additionally, the city hosts numerous festivals throughout the year, including the Rock The South Music Festival.
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Turkey Hill RV Park

4 sites · RVs, Tents9 acres · Hamilton, AL
Gorgeous RV park and campground nestled in the hills of Northwest Alabama, conveniently located just 2 miles from Exit 14 on I-22 in Hamilton, Alabama. Full service hook-ups, bath house, and free wi-fi! On-site activities include ping pong, corn hole, shuffleboard, pickleball (coming soon!), and frisbee golf. Nearby attractions include the Natural Land Bridge, Dismal Canyons, boating, fishing, and more!
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Gable Family Outdoors

5 sites · RVs, Tents200 acres · Haleyville, AL
**Gable Family Outdoors" by the Bear Creek Lakes** Welcome to Gable Family Outdoors, your ultimate destination for adventure and tranquility, located near the picturesque Bear Creek Lakes and The Bankhead National Forest. Our campsites offers a wide range of activities and natural beauty, making it the perfect spot for families, thrill-seekers, and nature lovers alike. **Site Features:** - **Campsites:** Set up your RV or Tent at one of our spacious campsites to begin your rural country peaceful adventure. **Activities:** - **Kayaking and Boating:** Explore the serene waters of Bear Creek Lakes with your kayaks, canoes, and boats. Paddle along the shoreline or venture out to the peaceful coves. - **Fishing:** Cast your line from the shore or a boat and enjoy fishing in our well-stocked lakes, teeming with bass, trout, and catfish. - **Hiking and Biking Trails:** Discover acres of scenic trails perfect for hiking and mountain biking. Our trails wind through lush forests, past waterfalls, and up to breathtaking viewpoints. - **ATV and Quad Riding:** Experience the thrill of riding ATVs and quads on our designated trails, designed for all skill levels. Feel the rush as you navigate through rugged terrain and open fields. - **Horseback Riding:** Saddle up and explore the wilderness on horseback. Explore through scenic shared trails, offering a unique perspective of the natural surroundings. **Natural Wonders:** - **Waterfalls and Caves:** Discover hidden waterfalls and mysterious caves scattered throughout the property. These natural wonders provide perfect spots for exploration and photography. - **Wildlife Viewing:** Encounter a variety of wildlife, from deer and foxes to eagles and owls. Our site is a haven for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers. **Amenities:** Cell Service is available from most carriers. - **Pet-Friendly:** Bring your pets along for the adventure! We offer pet-friendly campsites and trails. - **Stargazing:** With minimal light pollution, our campsite offers a perfect setting for stargazing and astrophotography. Enjoy the clear night sky and the Milky Way in all its glory. - **Quiet Zones:** Find tranquility everywhere, perfect for meditation, reading, or simply unwinding in nature. **Nearby Attractions:** - **Local Eateries and Shops:** Explore nearby towns and enjoy local cuisine, charming shops, and friendly hospitality. - **Historic Sites:** Visit historic landmarks and learn about the rich cultural heritage of the region. Wifi is available at camping sites. At Gable Family Outdoors, you’ll find a harmonious blend of thrilling activities and serene environments. Whether you’re seeking an action-packed adventure or a peaceful retreat, our campsites on the Bear Creek Lakes is the perfect destination. Book your stay today and create unforgettable memories with family and friends!
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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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Platos Branch Farm RV park

6 sites · RVs20 acres · Rogersville, AL
Platos Branch Farm RV: Named after the large branch that runs thru the property across the horse pasture. There are large fish in the Branch. Which is on private property so you can fish without a state license. The park is located on a working farm. The horses are usually in site. Campers tell us that the stars here at night are a beauty to behold. This is a quiet peaceful place. But still minutes away from the conveniences. Grocery within 5 miles and numerous restaurants. Hope you see us soon. Learn more about this land: RV Spots in the country, Total of 6 RV Spots. Great view of horse pasture with 5 horses. Platos pond across pasture. Great Fishing. Look at the stars and have some peaceful nights. 3 miles to Grocery store and resturants. Joe Wheeler state Park within 5 miles. Awesome trails for hiking or biking. 25 minutes to Florence ( UNA) or Athens. Brownsferry Plant about 20 minutes. Weekly and monthly rates available.
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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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Bug Tussle Creek Bend

1 site · RV, Tent300 acres · Colony, AL
Please search Bug Tussle Creek Bend on Youtube to see the site and details on the drive into the campsite. Thank you! 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 cooling off in warm weather.
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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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The Lux Outdoors

2 sites · Lodging34 acres · Fayette, AL
Completely off grid cabin generators welcome, composting toilet , creek side camping off grid, fishing, kayaking, tubing, relaxing in nature. Fire pit available. Unplug for a week!
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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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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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