Chickasaw State Park
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Introduction

Chickasaw State Park is a 520-acre state park developed in the 1930’s by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps. The property where the Chickasaw State Park resides has been owned by the state of Alabama since 1819.

This park is a gentle roadside park tucked away in rural Marengo County. The terrain is an open mature mixed pine-oak woodland where wildlife and birds abound. The area, a favorite of Alabama bird watchers, offers a lovely space for viewing birds year-round. This is a great place to view birds during seasonal migrations.

The Chickasaw State Park provides three modern RV sites with water and 30amp electrical service. There is also primitive camping available with no water or electrical hookup. The Park provides restrooms, a wading pool, a playground, and rental pavilions.

Picnic tables and grills are available throughout the park. There are three pavilions available for reservation through the park office. All three pavilions are suitable for social gatherings. One pavilion touts a built-in barbecue pit.

The area surrounding the Chickasaw State Park is ideal for hiking, bird watching, and hunting. The park, a perfect camping spot for hunters in the Black Belt area, is adjacent to the Turnipseed-Ikenberry Place Physically Disabled Hunting Area and only a short drive from the David K. Nelson Wildlife Management Area.

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Transportation in Chickasaw State Park

Driving

Chickasaw State Park is easily located off of Highway 43 In Gallion AL. It is located four miles north of Linder off of US Route 43.

Chickasaw State Park is two hours and sixteen minutes north of Mobile, AL and is easily located using I-65N and US-43N.

Chickasaw State Park is less than twohours west of Montgomery, AL via US-80W.

Parking

Chickasaw State Park is a roadside park. Parking is available at the park and at the camp sites.

Public Transport

There is no public transportation available in the park.

Campgrounds and parking in Chickasaw State Park

Campsites in Chickasaw State Park

Reservations camping

Chickasaw State Park

The Chickasaw State Park is just off of highway 43 in rural Marengo County. The camp ground is quiet and tranquil surrounded by a mature pine-oak woodland. The camp ground provides three modern RV sites with water and 30-amp electrical service. There is also primitive camping available with no water or electrical hookup. The Park provides restrooms, a wading pool, a playground, and rental pavilions.

The area is frequented by local wildlife and birds. This is an ideal camp ground for those who are hunting in the adjoining Turnipseed-Ikenberry Place Physically Disabled Hunting area or the David K. Nelson Wildlife Management Area. Campers can expect to see a great many birds as well as the native white-tailed deer that frequent the area.

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in Chickasaw State Park

In-Season

Oak Grove School (Rosenwald)

For guests that are interested in the history and culture of the area, the Oak Grove School is nearby the Chickasaw State Park. This two-room school was built in 1925 by Julius Rosenwald and the surrounding community for the education of minority children. The school is on the National Register of Historic Places and was designed in the Mid-19th Century Revival style. The school is open by appointment and the private owner may be reached via phone for appointments.

Hiking

Chickasaw State Park offers over three miles of hiking trails through mature pine-oak forest. It offers access to one of the only virgin pine forests remaining in Alabama. The trails meander through mature forest, offering frequent sightings of native wildlife and native and migratory birds. The trails include foot bridges over natural culverts.

Chickasaw State Park also offers two and a half miles of roads with bridges that can accommodate hiking and biking through the park. The trails and roads were part of the original construction of the park completed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935.

Social gatherings

The quiet ease of Chickasaw State Park makes it an ideal place for social gatherings. This roadside park in rural Alabama touts numerous picnic tables and grills. There is a playground for the kids, in the mature pine-oak forest. There is occasional sighting of native wildlife and great opportunities for bird-watching.

The park offers four large pavilions for larger group gatherings. One of the pavilions offers a built-in barbecue pit making it a wonderful site for larger gatherings of family and friends.

Off-Season

Waldwic Plantation

For guests interested in history and architecture, Waldwic Plantation is an interesting find. Originally built in 1840, Waldwic Plantation, which is often referred to as the William M. Spencer house, was renovated in the Gothic Revival Style in 1852.

Later the home was the residence of William Spencer. Mr. Spencer was an attorney who was elected to the Alabama senate in 1901. This house is significant in that it is one of approximately 20 Greek Revival structures remaining in Alabama. Waldwic is one of the best preserved structures of the Greek Revival remaining and is listed on the National Register of Historic places.

Bird-watching

Chickasaw State Park offers the opportunity for year-round bird watching. It is an ideal place to relax and watch the seasonal migrations. The park is a popular stop along Alabama’s Black Belt Birding Trail.

The mature trees and open canopy in the park offer great sighting of migrant, resident, and wintering song birds year-round. White-eyed vireos, Indigo buntings, ruby-crowned kinglets, and palm-warblers are often sighted here. Winter brings the opportunity for sightings of slate-colored juncos, chipping, and white-throated sparrows. The warmest summer months should be avoided due to the oppressive heat.

Hunting

Chickasaw State Park is an ideal spot for hunters. It is adjacent to the Turnipseed-Ikenberry Place Physically Disabled Hunting Area and a short drive from the David K. Nelson Wildlife Management Area. The park provides tranquil and convenient camping for hunters in Alabama’s Black Belt area.

Deer hunters will have heard of the Black Belt area of Alabama as it is renowned for white-tailed deer. The Black Belt area, so named due to the nutrient rich soil, is well known to produce large bucks with exceptional antlers. Many trophy winning deer have been bagged in this area.

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