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Description - Historic Blakeley State Park was created in 1981 to preserve the National Register Site and its 5 1/2 miles of pristine erosion-controlling fortifications. It is the largest National Historic Register Site east of the Mississippi River - encompassing 3800 acres nestled beside the Tensaw River. This site abounds with Prehistoric Indian mounds and was the last major battle of the Civil War fought here at Fort Blakeley. There are also 15 miles of magnificent nature trails, bicycle and horse paths in "The South's most beautiful Ghost Town."

Recreation - Visitors to Blakeley State Park will find many things to do. Hiking, fishing, bicycle and horseback riding, picnicking, and canoe launching are just a few of the activities guests will enjoy. Blakeley is the ideal location for hosting such events as school field trips, church outings, Boy and Girl Scout outings and weekends, weddings, family reunions, birthday parties, and corporate picnics.

Primitive camping at Blakeley Park is quite popular during all four seasons of the year. One can camp singly or in large groups among 3800 acres of pristine wilderness located beside the mighty Tensaw River. Motor home campers that are self-contained also find this vast area a delight to visit. Small overnight horseback groups are also acceptable.

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 - Blakeley State Park is located north of Spanish Fort in the central western region of Alabama.


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Filed By: Kathleen (Daphne, AL)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My first time staying there was last weekend. It is a beautiful park with many unique features. I love being able to explore on my own! The trails are well marked and interesting points are marked with signs along the way. The trails are covered in debris from hurricane Ivan but the way is still clear. A good idea for others is to get the times for the riverboat ride and schedule your trip for then. WILL DEFINITELY BE BACK!


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Contact Information:
Blakeley State Park, 33707 St Hwy 225 , Spanish Fort, AL, 36527, Phone: 251-580-0005
, blakeley@dibbs.net

Additional Information:
Alabama State Parks - Alabama State Parks are excellent resources for all day activities such as picnicking and viewing historical sites.
Gulf Coast Region - The Gulf Coast Region encompasses the southernmost portion of the state, in southwest Alabama. Mobile is the largest city in this region. The Gulf Coast offers white sand beaches, lakes, coves, and bayous.

Links:
Alabama State Parks - Alabama's offical state parks site

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