One year after three tornadoes tore a path of destruction through Lake Guntersville State Park, the park has rebounded and is still a primary vacation spot in North Alabama. Improved views from the campground and a recently renovated championship golf course are just a few of the attractions that make the park so special to visitors.
“There was major damage to the park during the storms, but it is giving us the opportunity to rebuild a new and improved Lake Guntersville State Park,” said Tim Wishum, Acting Co-Director of Alabama State Parks. “Some of those improvements include gas logs in the chalets, a newly planned nature center, and various campground improvements. We look forward to reintroducing the new Lake Guntersville to the public.”
Some of the improvements are still in the planning and execution stages, but the park has many offerings to keep even the most adventurous guests satisfied including the 18-hole Eagle’s Nest Golf Course, 36 miles of hiking trails, excellent fishing, 139 improved campsites with more opening soon, six primitive campsites and two rental campers, more than 35 geocacaches, 18 chalets and five lakeside cabins. All of the 112 lodge rooms are now open and the Pinecrest Dining Room is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The most noticeable impact of the storms is the loss of more than 5,000 trees. Included in that number are approximately 95 percent of the trees that once forested the campground and about 65 percent of the golf course’s trees. There are plans to replant the campground and golf course, but for now visitors can take advantage of the improved views of Lake Guntersville, Alabama’s largest lake.
“While we’d still rather have our trees, the view from the chalets and the lodge is fantastic,” Wishum said.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Patrol, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.