Take a trip to the heart of Alabama and you’ll find Birmingham, gateway to a wide range of outdoor recreation. All it takes for weeks of outdoor activity is a cleared calendar and an RV Rental. Here are ten place RV campers have told us they love to visit near Birmingham:
- Birmingham Zoo – A favorite of RV camping families, the Birmingham Zoo features more than one hundred acres of animals, birds and reptiles. Ride the carousel, enjoy the sea lion show and photograph dozens of species of birds in their exciting aviary environment.
- DeSoto Caverns – An hour south of Birmingham in Childersburg, DeSoto Caverns delights visitor of all ages. With tours of the giant underground caverns as well as a wide variety of family-friendly attractions, this is a must-do for campers with kids. Pan for gemstones, play Wacky Water Golf, watch the laser light show and, by all means, plan to spend the day discovering the wonders of DeSoto caverns.
- Weiss Lake in Northeast Alabama is just an hour and a half from Birmingham and a thirty-thousand acre water wonderland. Fishermen in your RV camping crew will soon find out why this is the “Crappie Fishing Capital of the World.” Hikers and mountain bikers will also want to hit the trails around this lake in the Southern Appalachians. Surrounded by waterfalls, streams and other mountain wonders, a stay at Weiss Lake RV Park in Leesburg is the key to an exciting outdoor adventure.
- Little River Canyon National Preserve, just north of Weiss Lake, should definitely earn a spot on your Birmingham RV camping itinerary. Follow this river from its start at the top of Lookout Mountain through a canyon filled with such scenic wonders as Little River Falls and Eberhart Point Overlook (there’s a scenic drive in between for those who’d rather not hike!)
- Oak Mountain State Park, just twenty miles south of Birmingham, offers enough outdoor activity to keep RV travelers busy for days! A ten-thousand acre day use area includes two fishing lakes, hiking and biking trails and a larger lake with boat rentals and a swimming beach. There’s also a very nice, full-hookups campground if you’d like to stay and play longer.
- Point Mallard Park – Decatur – Where have you visited lately where a golf course, indoor ice rink, waterpark and campground are all found in the same complex? Point Mallard Park in Decatur draws RV travelers from all over, thanks to the amazing variety of outdoor play possible. Don’t forget to book a campsite reservation for your active family—they won’t want to leave Point Mallard Park!
- Rickwood Caverns State Park, just thirty minutes north of Birmingham, is another Alabama wonder offering excellent activities for the entire family. Tour an underground mile of caverns, pools and even cave wildlife and then stay to camp, swim and picnic at this nicely-planned family attraction.
- Russell Cave National Monument – Definitely take the time to travel two hours north to the Alabama/Tennessee border to Russell Cave National Monument. This prehistoric cave shelter was an important center of life for Alabama’s ancient inhabitants, and there’s so much to learn on the Ranger-guided tour, in the museum and through fascinating interpretive activities.
- Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, an enormous complex of stacks and furnaces tells the story of the industry that built Birmingham after the Civil War. Take one of the self-tours or cell phone tours to learn how the pig iron furnaces at this historic treasure made Birmingham one of the centers of American industry.
- Vulcan Park and Museum – Travel to the top of Red Mountain in Birmingham to see one of the wonders of the South, the five-story statue that sparked a civic movement. Built in 1904, this awesome cast iron statue inspired local volunteers to not only restore the statue to its former glory but also create a complex that includes a museum and park.
RV camping in Birmingham, Alabama will be the start of an exciting outdoor adventure. Use these tips for ten places RV campers love in Birmingham and then chart your own Birmingham RV camping experience.