2019 Keystone Passport
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Just under a two-hour drive from Montgomery, Blue Springs State Park in Clio is the perfect place for a slower paced vacation. Search for an RV in Barbour County and head over to Blue Springs State Park for a restful weekend or a fun-filled week of hiking and swimming. This isn't just a park for summertime fun -- Alabama’s weather allows for camping with an RV most of the year, which gives you the opportunity to take in some of the festivals in nearby Eufaula.
When most people think of Blue Springs State Park, they will usually think of the state park of the same name located in Florida. However, Blue Springs State Park in Clio is located in Alabama’s Wiregrass Country and offers some of the best swimming holes in the South. Camp in an RV near Blue Springs State Park and drive over to Dothan for the National Peanut Festival held in November.
Blue Springs State Park may not seem like the most hopping vacation destination, but there are still plenty of activities to keep you busy. If you don’t have your own rig, find a rental RV and stay a while to enjoy the beautiful scenery the park has to offer. Bring your bathing suit when visiting, because the park’s main attraction is its octagonal shaped swimming pools that are fed by an underground spring. These pools remain at 68 degrees year-round and have sandy bottoms.
If swimming isn’t your favorite activity, you may want to pack your fishing pole and equipment in your RV rental. It’s convenient for avid anglers to stay at the state park’s RV campground so they can get an early start to their day when the fish start to nibble. A fishing license is required to fish in the small ponds stocked with catfish and bream.
If you’re looking for a more relaxing time, motorhome camping can be a great way to relax and enjoy watching nature out the windows while sipping on your morning coffee. Birdwatching is a great way to pass the time and learn about the different birds in the area, including hawks, raptors, and Mississippi kites. Bring your camera along and snap photos of unique birds you see while camping at Blue Springs State Park.
Blue Springs State Park’s RV campground has 47 modern campsites with water hookups and 30-amp electrical service. Some campsites have sewer hookups as well. All campsites have a picnic table and grill. Blue Springs Campground features a clean comfort station with shower facilities. Flush toilets and vault toilets are also within walking distance of each campsite.
RV camping at state parks may seem like a great idea, but if the campgrounds at Blue Springs State Park fill up, you may want to consider the Ozark/Fort Rucker KOA. This campground is situated just 30 minutes southwest of Blue Springs State Park and has many of the same amenities as most other KOAs. Wi-Fi and cable TV are available to all campers. Other amenities include a pool, dog park, playground, and clubhouse with a game room. A fully stocked convenience store offers RV camping supplies, souvenirs, and snacks.
Campgrounds tend to fill up quickly during weeks that festivals are scheduled. You may want to check out Walnut Creek RV Park in Troy. This campground is only 45 minutes northwest of Blue Springs State Park and offers more than 400 sites with full hookups for those camping with an RV. There’s a lighted outdoor picnic area, and some campsites overlooking Lake Promise offer breathtaking lake views from your rental RV windows.
While you’re visiting Blue Springs State Park, take a day to explore the Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge, located on the banks of the Chattahoochee River about an hour from Blue Springs State Park. This refuge encompasses a variety of terrains, creating a unique habitat for almost 300 species of birds and 40 mammal species. The number of reptiles, amphibians, and fish has not been officially recorded.
While in Eufaula, stop in and stay a day or so at the Lakepoint Resort State Park. This state park is located on the banks of Lake Eufaula, a 45,000-acre lake that has been nicknamed the Bass Capital of the World. You can enjoy a restaurant, marina, swimming complex, and tennis court on-site. You’ll also discover several hiking trails and a modern campground to spend the night or the week.
Plan your visit to Blue Springs State Park the first week of November and visit the National Peanut Festival in Dothan. This is the largest peanut festival in the United States held to celebrate the harvest season and honor local peanut farmers. Dothan, Alabama is known as the Peanut Capital of the World and is in the heart of peanut country. The National Peanut Festival was first held in November of 1938, and the guest speaker was Dr. George Washington Carver.