Southern charm, beautiful natural surroundings, fresh seafood, amazing Gulf Coast beaches, cultural and historic sites: there’s just so much to enjoy about the state of Alabama. Whether you’re planning on traveling through or want to stay and rest awhile, the southern comfort you’ll be able to find at these amazing Alabama campgrounds will give you some great places to explore and rest, whether you’re on the coast or further inland. Check out our guide to the top 10 RV campgrounds in Alabama to get your southern fix this summer.
Gulf Shores, Alabama
Where to Stay: Doc’s RV Park
Why We Love It: Nestled in the trees in Gulf Shores, Doc’s RV park gives you a great place to come home to after a long day on the Gulf. Located just three miles from the beaches and all the activity of Gulf Shores, Doc’s is a quiet, cozy park that lets you unwind and enjoy yourself fully. But that doesn’t mean that it’s boring! An outdoor swimming pool gives you a place to burn off some energy or just relax in the evenings, while the clubhouse with full kitchen, barbeque grills, playground, horseshoe pit and volleyball court means you’ll always have something to do.
Gulf Shores, Alabama
Where to Stay: Island Retreat RV Park
Why We Love It: No, it’s not a typo, Gulf Shores just has that much to offer for RV life! Located just three miles from the center of Gulf Shores, Island Retreat provides you with outstanding amenities for a reasonable cost. Though it’s a bit more crowded than Doc’s, it still offers plenty of space to stretch out and set up camp, but combines that with a saltwater swimming pool, on-site propane station, plenty of games, an enclosed dog run, lots of outdoor space and great amenities to make your stay more pleasant.
Where to Stay: University Station RV Park
Why We Love It: Are you ready for some football? University Station is a great place to stay in Auburn that offers shuttle service to the game while offering you a great place to relax after the final touchdown. But beyond football, there are a ton of events in the park on a regular basis, giving you some wonderful options for making memories, including live music and church services a short walk away. A handy convenience store, huge clubhouse, luxury bathhouses and golf car rental round out the normal amenities.
Where to Stay: Johnny’s Lakeside RV Resort
Why We Love It: A part of the Zemen RV Resort chain, Johnny’s is near to Gulf Shores while getting you away from some of the hustle and bustle that can keep you from reaching a truly relaxed state. Private patios, picnic tables, a water slide, lazy river, a great dog run and a ton of games in the nearby clubhouse make it easy to really unwind after a long day at the beach or checking out the many activities in Gulf Shores. Enjoy the fishing lake for some of the freshest food in the area, or take a short drive to area restaurants to enjoy some of the best seafood the Gulf Shores has to offer.
Dauphin Island, Alabama
Where to Stay: Dauphin Island Campground
Why We Love It: Cross the bridge and stay on an island instead of the beach, giving you that much more shoreline to explore. Dauphin Island is a 265-acre park and campground that provides a great way to get out into Gulf Coast nature. Bike and walking trails, an Audubon Bird Sanctuary, Historic Fort Gaines, Sea Lab’s Estuarium, and a ton of other natural and maritime activities await. When you’d rather stick closer to home, there’s basketball, horseshoes, shuffleboard and a playground for unwinding.
Where to Stay: Deer Run RV Park
Why We Love It: Tall Georgia pines, spring-fed fishing lakes and rocking chairs around the clubhouse: Deer Run simply whispers Southern charm and hospitality. Enjoy your complimentary popcorn upon arrival, and settle in for deep relaxation. A walk around the property provides a serene natural experience, while the prayer garden and sparkling pool await your attention. Pot luck breakfasts and dinners, games and parties take place in the large recreation hall, and pets are more than welcome.
Fort Payne, Alabama
Where to Stay: Little River RV Park
Why We Love It: Want a mountain view in northeastern Alabama? Little River more than fits the view. Located on beautiful Lookout Mountain, the park is situated in beautiful natural surroundings, complete with small wildlife including squirrels, rabbits, birds and the occasional turkey or deer. Owned and operated by locals, they’re happy to point out some of the rare and endangered plants and wildlife in the area. Outstanding Southern cuisine is available at the many nearby restaurants.
Hope Hull, Alabama
Where to Stay: Montgomery South RV Park & Cabins
Why We Love It: Located a close eight miles south of busy Montgomery, Montgomery South gives you a great place to get away from it all, while staying close to a wide range of amazing historical sites and museums, including the Rosa Parks Museum, the Hank Williams Museum and the Alabama State Capitol Building. They have some cabins that are available if you have family from the area meeting up with you, while still having all the usual amenities you’ve come to expect from an RV park. It’s a great location to hit if you’re going big-rig, with 23 sites for your home on the road, with your four-legged friends welcome as well.
Orange Beach, Alabama
Where to Stay: Buena Vista Motor Coach Resort
Why We Love It: As a truly luxurious resort, Buena Vista provides a great way to unwind from the road, or stay more permanently in their sale lots. It’s just across the street from the white sugar-sand Orange Beach, the resort offers short-term, snow-birding and permanent lots, depending on your preference. The sites give you plenty of room to stretch out, full hookups including WiFi, great indoor and outdoor pools with a lazy river, stocked fish pond, hot tub, fitness center, dog park and a huge clubhouse to enjoy.
Where to Stay: Deerlick Creek Campground
Why We Love It: If you want plenty of room to stretch out and a lot of nature to take in, there are few campgrounds in the Tuscaloosa area that can compete with Deerlick Creek. Located on Holt Lake, one of the lakes on the pristine Black Warrior/Tombigbee waterway, you’ll be able to enjoy great access to fishing, boating, water sports, hiking, biking and swimming at this beautiful site. Located just a short drive from the University of Alabama, golf courses, restaurants and local cultural spots and events, you’ll be able to enjoy the best of nature while being able to quickly get into the best Tuscaloosa has to offer.
Are you getting ready for a trip to Alabama? What area are you planning on staying in? Do you have some other Alabama campground gems to share that we haven’t covered here? Have you camped at any of these places, and what was your experience? Please leave a comment below and let’s start a conversation!