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Description - This 66,470-acre Guntersville Reservoir park ranges over 5,909 acres of ridge tops and meadows. The park's resort lodge, restaurant and convention complex is located on Little Mountain, providing a magnificent view of the reservoir.

The Lake is wonderful for fishing as well as swimming and other water sports activities. Recently, it has become the winter home of our national symbol, the Bald Eagle.

Recreation - The Resort Lodge, high on the bluff has 94 rooms and 6 suites, many overlooking the lake. Enjoy dining room, coffee shop, gift shop, sauna, swimming pool and art gallery. The newly renovated cottages and chalets offer 16 lake view cottages with a capacity of 1-8 people, and 18 chalets for 1-6. All are set up for light housekeeping. The chalets are equipped with fireplaces, television sets and telephones.

There are campgrounds with 364 improved campsites. Primitive camping is also available. The campgrounds include a camp store, a boat dock, a tennis courts, and laundry are near by.

Our facilities can be tailored to your needs, whether it's a small departmental meeting, a convention of 600 people, or a banquet with 1,200 guests.

Swimming can be had at the beach near the campground or in the pool at the lodge. As for boating enjoy the dock, launch and rental facilities plus a fully equipped tackle shop.

Fishing can be enjoyed from a boat or the shore of T.V.A.'s 66,470 acre Lake Guntersville. Fishing tackle and supplies are available. There is an 18 hole course, with a pro-shop and equipment rental. For tennis there are 2 lighted courts across from the lodge and in the campground area.

This Park is excellent for picnics with pavilions for group outings, shaded picnic areas for the family, and a playground for the kids.

On site there is a Nature Center with a trained Park Naturalist who can better inform you about our special Eagle Awareness Programs during the month of January and guide you to the 31 miles of marked trails to hike on.

Climate - The climate of Alabama's lowlands can be described as subtropical with nearly 60 inches of rain each year. The highest amount of rain reaches the region as afternoon thunderstorms in July, August and September. Summers are extremely hot and humid with temperatures frequently reaching above 100 degrees F. Summer nights cool slightly and provide a good time to travel through the region.

Winter temperatures are mild, rarely dipping below 40 degrees with the humidity level at its lowest in November and December. Spring and fall are very pleasant times to visit the region. Spring brings mild temperatures and blooming trees and flowers. During the fall temperatures range from 65 to 85 degrees F with low humidity levels. Northern Alabama is generally cooler than the south due to its higher elevations.

Location - Guntersville Lake State Park is located just six miles northeast of Guntersville, off Highway 227, overlooking the majestic 66,470-acre Guntersville Reservoir.


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Filed By: Roy Grace (Warrior, al)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Great area for hiking. Well marked trails. Trail maps available at the camp store. The map is ok but a little small. We planned a 10 mile hike starting at nature trail. Ended up short circuiting our trip due to complaints from our 4 year old. Ended up hiking 6 miles. Went on Nature, Cascade, Moonshine, Meredith, Golf Course. Was a great hiking trip. There were quite a few people in the park but we only encountered one family on the trails. We have been multiple times and rarely see anyone on the trails. There is a connector trail that is not on the map around the place where I thought the connector from Cascade to Waterfall should be. It headed to golf course which is blazed the same color as Waterfall. Got rather confused by this and ended up on golf course instead of waterfall. Other than that the trails were great. Altogether there are about 30 miles of trails which intersect each other making it very easy to create a loop of any length with very little backtracking. I have yet to hike all of the trails my favourite trails so far are Moonshine and Cascade especially the area where they meet. Parts of the trail seem to be a bit harder than the moderate rating but most of the trail was easy to moderate.

Filed By: Lee
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Deer lovers heaven. Aeawn walked through our camp site. We saw several dozen deer durinf our three day stay. One skunk but that was up on the mountain top. Only one thing was negative. Rain in some of the sites caused some problems due to the site configuration. Highly desirable park. Enjoy


More Information

Contact Information:
Guntersville Lake State Park, 7966 Al Hwy 227 , Guntersville, AL, 35976-9126, Phone: 256-571-5444

Additional Information:
Alabama State Parks - Alabama State Parks are excellent resources for all day activities such as picnicking and viewing historical sites.
North Alabama - North Alabama includes the northern third of the state, from Birmingham, north. This region offers waterfalls, fish-filled rivers and lakes, rapids suited for rafting and caves to explore.

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Alabama State Parks - Alabama's offical state parks site

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