Storm Damages Alabama Campground
While the DeSoto State Park Lodge and Restaurant in northern Alabama are closed because of tornado damage from Monday's (March 18) storm, the campground and day-use areas still are open, park officials said this week.
The opening of the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum that had been scheduled for today has been postponed, the Gadsen Times reported.
According to Alabama State Parks Director Greg Lein, the hotel and restaurant were most affected by the storm.
“High winds caused some major damage to the roof and walls of the hotel and some of the cabins. We also have quite a few large trees that were blown down. The lodge area starting at Blalock Drive is still closed to traffic while we clear debris,” he said.
Park officials believe most of the cabins will reopen very soon, but the structural damage to the hotel and restaurant likely mean they will be closed longer.
“We ask for the public’s patience,” Lein said. “Crews will be working diligently to clean up debris and get as much of the park open as soon as possible.”
He said the majority of DeSoto’s hiking and mountain biking trails are open, but visitors are asked to be cautious around downed trees and debris that may be across the trails.
“The improved campground, country store and nature center, primitive campground, picnic area and the back-country camping sites are all open,” Lein said.
Camping reservations may be made by calling (256) 845-5380.
Storm damage updates will be posted on the park’s website,www.alapark.com/DeSotoResort.