Lake Guntersville State Park
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Introduction

Guaranteed to fulfill your recreational dreams, Lake Guntersville State Park is located beside the beautiful Tennessee River in north east Alabama. The park claims 6,000 acres of natural woodlands and offers a wide variety of outdoor activities. This park is home to an ever increasing population of nesting American bald eagles.

Lake Guntersville State Park is a space of exceptional beauty with vistas of stunning Lake Guntersville. The Lake is a tranquil place of profound beauty offering many opportunities for outdoor recreation. Lake Guntersville State Park supports use of the lake with a sandy beach for swimming, free boat ramps, and superb bass fishing. Fish frequently caught on this, the largest of Alabama's lakes, include large mouth bass, bream, sunfish, crappie, sauger, and catfish.

Guests will also find recreational opportunities on the 18-hole golf course, the 30+ miles of hiking, biking, and horse riding trails, and the Screaming Eagle zip-line facility. The park is home to a wide variety of lodging and dining options as well.

Lake Guntersville State Park has lodging available in one of 112 hotel rooms and suites, 20 chalets, 15 cottages, and 2 campgrounds. Campers will find a wide range of camping options from fully modern sites with water, electric, and sewage hookups to primitive and boondock camping. Guests have access to tennis courts, basketball courts, a fishing pier, boat ramps, a sand beach, and a Nature center.

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Transportation in Lake Guntersville State Park

Driving

Lake Guntersville State Park is easily located off of Alabama Highway 227. To enter the park, guests will take a turn onto Aubrey Carr Scenic Drive. The Aubrey Carr Scenic Drive will take you a short distance and then require you to take a turn to stay on the road. The scenic drive is a winding loop that will lead you to the campground regardless of which way you go.

Lake Guntersville State Park is easily reached from major cities in the vicinity. The park is approximately three hours from Atlanta, Chattanooga, and Huntsville.

Parking

Parking is readily available at the lodge, the Country Store, and the golf course. Guests may also find parking at the campsites and the Town Creek Fishing Center.

Public Transport

There is no public transportation available within the park.

Campgrounds and parking in Lake Guntersville State Park

Campsites in Lake Guntersville State Park

Reservations camping

Town Creek Campground

Town Creek Campground offers primitive and boon dock camping at Lake Guntersville State Park. Town Creek Campground is located on the bank of Lake Guntersville near the mouth of Town Creek on Alabama Highway 227. Primitive sites are available here with bathhouses in the area. The campground offers electricity, a picnic shelter, a dump station, a boat launch, grills, and a camp store. These wonderful campsites are nestled under a forest canopy on the shore of Lake Guntersville. Boat rentals are available for guests interested in fishing or relaxing on the largest of Alabama's lakes.

The adjoining Town Creek Fishing Center provides fishing and boat rentals as well as artificial and live bait, fishing licenses, snacks, drinks, ice, and camping supplies. The dock offers two boat ramps and flat bottom, canoe, platoon, and bass boat rental.

Lake Guntersville State Park Campground

Lake Guntersville State Park Campground is tucked away at the foot of Taylor Mountain along the banks of Alabama's largest lake, Lake Guntersville. The campground has 65 modern sites with water and electric hookup, 229 modern sites with electric, water, and sewage hookups, and over 100 primitive camping sites.

The facility offers a country store, modern bathhouses, a Nature center for outdoor education, tennis courts, a playground, basketball courts, a fishing pier, and two boat ramps. Guests will find the beautiful extended shore of Guntersville Lake and ideal spot for relaxing and communing with nature.

All improved campsites offer water and electric hookups, picnic tables, a grill, and a fire ring. Guests should call the Country Store for reservations. There is a maximum of eight guests per camp site. Pets are welcome but must be maintained on a leash. Complimentary WiFi is available on all full hook up sites.

The Country Store is located a the entrance of the campgrounds. It offers everything guests would generally find at a convenience store as well as fishing licenses, live bait, light fishing equipment, ice, and firewood. Guests may also rent paddle boats and kayaks here as well.

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in Lake Guntersville State Park

In-Season

The Eagle's Nest Golf Course

Lake Guntersville State Park offers guests the opportunity to play an 18-hole championship golf course atop majestic Taylor Mountain. The Eagle's Nest Golf Course underwent major renovations in 2009. The course now features Dwarf Bermuda Tiff greens with a state-of-the-art irrigation system. Pro golfer Jerry Pate was part of the redesign and renovation of the Eagles Nest.

The course is adjacent to the Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge and Convention Center. the course offers an unique golfing experience as elevations change throughout the course. Guests are greeted by tranquil rolling hills and the occasional strolling deer providing for a unique and engaging golfing experience.

Hiking

Lake Guntersville State Park offers over 36 miles of hiking trails. These trails are multi-use trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. The park offers trails of varied lengths. Trails also offer a variety of scenery. Some of the hiking trails in Lake Guntersville State Park traverse the banks of the Tennessee River. Others offer views of waterfalls. Still other trails provide stunningly beautiful views of wildflowers in spring and summer months.

Lake Guntersville State Park’s hiking trails range in length from half a mile to three and a half miles. The trails connect to form a loop of over 36 miles. This makes for ideal biking and horse back riding. The park offers a short 30 minute guided Saturday morning hike.

Fishing

Lake Guntersville is Alabama's largest lake. As such, fishing is a popular sport in this area. Guests at Lake Guntersville State Park will find fishing an easy activity to partake in. Boat rentals and boat launches are available near both campgrounds.

Guests will find that the area offers superb bass fishing. Fish frequently caught here are large mouth bass, bream, redear, sunfish, crappie, and catfish. Fishing is facilitated by the convenience of obtaining bait. Both the Country Store and the Dock Store sell bait and fishing licenses. Bass boat rentals are available at the Dock Store. Fishermen will also find two boat ramps here.

Off-Season

Geocaching

Geocaching is an outdoor adventure that can be enjoyed year round. It is an activity that many guests to Lake Guntersville State Park may not be aware of. However, the geocache in Lake Guntersville State Park is part of the Alabama State Parks Geocaching Challenge.

Geocaching is an outdoor adventure similar to treasure hunting. Guests enter locations into their GPS device or cell phone. Satellites are used to help guests locate hidden containers, referred to as geocaches. Geocaches offer an array of small trinkets, some thematic in nature, that guests can trade. Each cache in the Alabama State Parks provides a clue or code that can be used to access the Alabama State Park Geocache Challenge Puzzle Cache. Geocaching can be enjoyed by guests of all ages and is a simple way to involve the family in a group outdoor activity.

Eagle Awareness

Lake Guntersville State Park is home to an increasing population of American bald eagles. As such the park has become a focal point of eagle awareness in the state of Alabama. On select weekends in January and February, Lake Guntersville State Park provides guests with the opportunity to engage in eagle watching and to participate in educational activities related to the park's eagle conservation program. 2019 marks the 34th year of presentations, socials, and eagle watching at Lake Guntersville State Park. On Eagle Awareness Weekends, guests can participate in staff-led guided tours with activities designed for all age groups.

The Screaming Eagle

Zip lining is a popular outdoor activity in Lake Guntersville State Park. This is due partly due to the focus here on the American bald eagle. One recreational option for guests is to take to the skies on the Screaming Eagle zip line. Guests can soar among the eagles at this zip-line facility. The Screaming Eagle can accommodate those interested in zip-lining over the age of eight. The facility offers two distinct levels for their zip-lining experience.

Level 1: Offers 10 zip lines with four suspension type bridges with lengths up to 400 ft and heights of up to 80 ft. Guests must be a minimum of eight years old and weigh at least 50 pounds. Guests can expect to spend one to two hours on this exhilarating adventure.

Level 2: Offers 12 zip lines with nine Sky Walk Bridges up to 80 ft high and one tower. Guests must be at least 10 years old and weigh a minimum of 90 lbs. Guests can expect to spend between one and a half and two and a half hours on this exhilarating adventure.

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