Alabama Expands State Park Experience with Upscale 'Glamping' Getaways

Luxury camping finds its way to Alabama's picturesque state parks

by Nouman Rasool
Alabama Expands State Park Experience with Upscale 'Glamping' Getaways

Alabama is taking camping to the next level by introducing new "glamping" sites across five of its stunning state parks. Glamping, short for glamorous camping, provides outdoor enthusiasts with a traditional camping experience combined with the indulgence of hotel-like amenities.

Adventurers can still revel in activities like hiking, fishing, and relishing the classic campfire treat of s'mores, but with the added luxuries of a cozy king-sized bed and a convenient Keurig coffee machine. Operated in partnership with Alabama State Parks and Timberline Glamping, these sites boast fully furnished safari-style tents equipped with modern comforts such as air conditioning, heating units, electric outlets, and mini fridges.

The rates for glamping are comparable to hotel stays, beginning at $129 per night with an additional $65 cleaning fee. The glamping trend has gained immense popularity nationwide, particularly in West Coast states, where millennials and baby boomers have been the driving force behind its surge.

Alabama's parks, surprisingly, have witnessed substantial demand for these new upscale accommodations. Rebeka Self, co-owner of Timberline Glamping, expressed her astonishment at the overwhelming response received by the new glamping sites.

In a news release, she stated, "For being a new location, it's kind of blown all of our expectations away. I think the weekends are booked out well into the fall, and they're booking a lot of weekdays as well, which is always a good sign.

They've already had some guests come and stay and then book again for their next trip and want to bring friends."

Expanding Glamping Across Alabama Parks

The glamping experience was initially introduced at Wind Creek State Park in April, making it Alabama's first state park to offer this luxurious camping option.

Following its success, glamping is now available at Lake Guntersville State Park, Chewacla State Park in Auburn, Monte Sano State Park in Huntsville, and Cheaha State Park. Alabama takes pride in its 21 state parks, offering diverse overnight accommodations that cater to various preferences.

Visitors can choose from resort-style lodgings, charming cabins and chalets with picturesque views, modern RV hook-ups, and primitive camping options. With the addition of glamping, park officials aim to provide guests with a unique combination of rustic charm and indulgent luxury.

Chris Blankenship, the Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, emphasized the state's commitment to creating exceptional experiences for every park visitor. He stated, "Our goal is to make every guest have a memorable stay at an Alabama State Park, and the new glamping sites definitely deliver a memorable experience.

We've been careful and thoughtful about the best parks to offer glamping, and it's exciting to see this new amenity expand from one to five parks in such a short time. This has been a fantastic addition to our state parks." Alabama's glamping offerings truly elevate the outdoor adventure, attracting nature enthusiasts seeking a touch of luxury amidst the splendor of Alabama's state parks.