Tannehill Camping

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Tannehill State Park is chock-full of fascinating history and excellent camping opportunities. Definitely worth a visit from the entire family.

Written by

Eddie Freyer

Distance

0.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

45.1 miles

Difficulty

2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

2 days

Seasonality

All Seasons

Dog Friendly

Yes

Fees Permits

Yes

For the improved campsites that offer power and water, the rate is $22/night, per family of four ($3 for each additional person). The Full Hookup sites are $26/night per family of four ($3 for each additional person). The primitive campsites are $16/night per family of four ($4 for each additional person). Senior citizens get a 15% discount. Take I-59/I-20 to Exit 100 and follow the signs for about two miles. An alternative route is to take I-459 to Exit 1 and follow the signs for about seven miles.

Land Website

Tannehill Camping

Review

Intro

This 1500-acre park was once the site of a Civil War industrial complex for the Confederate army and the massive, two-story stone furnace onsite is the highlight of any visit to the park. In addition, there are 45 historic structures dating back to the early 1800's, which have been restored and are used by local artisans on weekends from March through November to practice their trades. Visitors are more than welcome to observe.

Hiking trails, fishing, mountain biking, the Iron and Steel Museum of Alabama, and a miniature railroad are all activities in the park that will keep any family entertained during the day, and at night, there are 195 improved campsites and another 100 primitive tent-only sites from which to choose from. All are served by the two large bathhouses in the campground areas and by a small country store that stocks firewood and a limited supply of groceries.

What Makes It Great

The improved campsites are divided into three sections, and each offer water and electricity. There are a few full hookup sites that will suit the needs of a larger RV. There will be much to see and enjoy such as craft cabins, an Iron and Steel Museum, a grist mill, foundry, Tannehill Sweet Shoppe, Pioneer Farm, hiking trails, furnace and blower house, Cotton Gin House and much more. There are learning center programs for the self-proclaimed nerds and history buffs. The Side Trails to History Program is a new program that offers an educational experience on how workers, both free and slave, lived and worked during the Civil War era. After two hours of instructional activities, the participants can ride the park’s mini railroad and visit the open cabins. Call the park to make reservations in advance or to ask for more details. The Creek Kids Program an educational experience that Tannehill State Park partnered with the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division. The students will learn how pollution can affect water and the environment of aquatic creatures and plants, and much more.

Camping during Halloween and the monthly Trade Days events is popular among locals and visitors, which means the campgrounds (yes, all 295 of them) will often sell out well in advance. If you don’t mind the crowds, plan to get to the park early, as reservations are not accepted and sites are assigned on a first-come first-serve basis.

The $3 entry fee is done on the honor system, and camping rates vary based on the time of year and type of site selected. Certain additional rules apply during the Halloween season and are posted on the park website for review.

Who is Going to Love It

Tannehill State Park is the perfect place for families, seniors, and … well, everyone. There is something at Tannehill that can be enjoyed by anyone, from the hiking trails and craft cabins to the furnaces and museum. Children will enjoy exploring the historical homes and pioneer farm, and grownups will love the history at the beautiful museum. The hiking trails are well-maintained and easy to navigate with some scenic woods that would please more experienced hikers bored with the lack of challenge. Campers, both tent-lovers and RV addicts will find that this park will meet all your needs for anything from a quick getaway to an extended vacation stay.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

For the improved campsites that offer power and water, the rate is $22/night, per family of four ($3 for each additional person). The Full Hookup sites are $26/night per family of four ($3 for each additional person). The primitive campsites are $16/night per family of four ($4 for each additional person). Senior citizens get a 15% discount.

Take I59/I20 to Exit 100 and follow the signs for about two miles. An alternative route is to take I459 to Exit 1 and follow the signs for about seven miles.

Location

Tannehill Ironworks State Park

12632 Confederate Parkway
McCalla, AL, 35111
33.249546, -87.07133

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