Storm-Damaged Ala. Park Reopens on May 18

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May 2, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

It has been a little more than two years since a series of tornadoes devastated the campground at Lake Guntersville State Park in northern Alabama.

The campground has since been renovated and is ready to serve the camping community once again, the Sand Mountain Reporter, Albertville, reported.

A celebration is taking place to commemorate its reopening. The public is invited to attend the celebration on May 18, beginning at 11 a.m. A ceremonial tree planting will kick off the celebration.

The campground has long been a favorite with campers who enjoy its location situated along the shoreline of the 69,000-acre Lake Guntersville.

Once a shady haven, the April 2011 tornado toppled or severely damaged most of the trees in the area. Park officials hope that the campground’s refurbishment will make it a favorite place once again.

“The most devastating damage to the park was in the campground, specifically to the trees,” said Alabama State Parks Director Greg Lein. “We have planted more than 450 oaks and maples throughout the campground.

“While it may seem a little stark right now, those trees will soon fill out, and I think our visitors will be pleased with the effort we’ve made to restore the campground.”

Following the tree planting, several activities will take place, and all are free.

For kids, there will be inflatables, animal exhibits and games. Adult visitors will enjoy looking at antique planes, listening to live music and participating in game tournaments. At nightfall, a movie will be shown.

As part of the reopening, the nightly rates on all campsites have been lowered beginning Friday.

The new rates are: water, electricity and sewer, $19; water and electricity, $17; and primitive, $10.

To coincide with the celebration, a “Two for Two” camping special is being offered. Campers who book May 17 and 18 in advance will receive May 19 and 20 for free.

Lake Guntersville State Park offers more than 300 improved campsites with seven newly renovated bathhouses, primitive camping area, playground, recreation area and a fully stocked country store.

Each improved site has a picnic table, grill and fire ring.

In addition, all of the lakeside sites now feature 50-amp electrical and sewer hookups. For additional information on the campground or the park, visit


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