National Parks are similar to state parks in many of the amenities that they offer. You’ll find sites of historic national significance or sites that have value as national landmarks. Sometimes, you will even find a state park adjacent to or a near a U.S. National Park.
Most National Parks do charge fees. There are annual passes that can be purchased. These can save frequent park users big bucks. Some of the passes will also give you a discount on camping fees.
My family loves National Parks as much as they do state parks. I like that I can buy one pass that will get us into most National Parks and Trails for a full year without an additional fee.
National Trails are similar to National Parks in that they have some sort of national importance. The two National Trails in Alabama are the Trail of Tears which commemorates the forced removal of Native American Indians at the hands of the U.S. government. My family appreciated driving along parts of this trail. Someday we hope to visit more of it.
The other trail is Selma to Montgomery. This trail commemorates the historic 1965 Voting Rights March which took place in Alabama. Led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., over 8,000 people marched with the protection of the National Guard.
Other National Parks in Alabama include:
Horseshoe Bend National Military Park
11288 Horseshoe Bend Rd.
Daviston, AL 36256
Hours: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm.
Phone: (256) 234-7111
Closed on New Years Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
This National Park in Alabama was the site of the last battle of the Creek War. The Creek War was fought in 1813-1814. This battle brought notoriety to Andrew Jackson and paved the road to the presidency for him. The ensuing treaty cost the Native American Indians to turn over approximately 20 million acres to the control of the U.S. government.
Activities include events and programs, hiking, picnicking and more. There is a visitor center, bookstore, tour road and more. Pets are allowed on a 6 ft. leash in most areas. Call for details.
Russell Cave National Monument
Open 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Once upon a time, prehistoric people roamed the area. They left clues and artifacts behind in Russell Cave. Now, this National Park in Alabama serves as a place where modern day people can escape from the stresses of daily living.
Activities include visiting the museum and bookstore, interpretive exhibits, picnicking, touring the cave and enjoying the North Alabama Birding Trail.
Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
1616 Chappie James Avenue
Tuskegee, AL 36083
Hours: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm.
This National Park in Alabama commemorates the service of the African-American airmen who served the U.S. as pilots in the mid 1950s. Visitors to this park can enjoy a visitor center, film, scenic overlook and bookstore. Events include an annual fly-in and arts and crafts festival in May.
There are several National Parks in Alabama. They each serve as memorials to different people and events. This list highlights just a few of the parks in the state. To view a full list of National Parks in Alabama click
National Park Service
Alabama Area Parks