My very first test of van camping was at the Meaher State Park in Spanish Fort, Alabama. Stretch and I were able to get a tent site and I set up our sleeping arrangements for the night. The site came with water and electric. .
Stretch and I spent 3 nights in all and were able to hike quite a bit around the campground area. There is lots of shade in the tent area. The boardwalk which is accessed through a dirt path to the south of the tent area, a fishing pier, kayak launch area and boat ramp area are all near the tent site area and the cabin area. There is an area for raising bees and some type of agricultural site set aside for private individuals which I guess give additional revenue to the Alabama State Park (good idea). I also noticed that they seem to have a storage facility for RVs.
One thing that I noticed is that Meaher State Park doesn’t have receptacles for the disposal/recycling of monofilament fishing line. While walking along the fishing pier I picked up quite a bit of used, broken fishing line. It sure would make it easier for fishermen to dispose of their line if the Alabama State Parks would install bins like the ones I’ve seen in other states. Florida has a very active and great recycling program. Here is what I’ve seen in Mississippi. They are usually located at fishing piers, boat ramps and like areas. http://www.dmr.ms.gov/index.php/monofilament-recycling-program/9-monofilament/detail/99-monotube#
If you are a nature lover and photographer, I believe you will enjoy this state park, as much I did.
The bathhouses were nice, clean and well lit. The park itself was clean and I felt safe in the area. The cost of the tent site was more expensive than I expected but for the peace of mind and for my first experience, I paid the fee. I would recommend this state park, I just wish Alabama would offer discounts to seniors. Oh well!!