Alabama has a wide variety of RV camping locations with spectacular scenery, solitude, and interesting history. Public lands and private RV parks and campgrounds offer a wide range of camping facilities from full service RV hookup campsites to remote primitive camping (boondocking) locations throughout Alabama.
Public Land offers many free RV dispersed camping opportunities. You can get free RV camping location tips from the USFS (USDA Forest Service) Ranger Districts. US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) also has some free RV camping facilities. Boondocking and Dispersed Camping has more information about how to find the best RV camping sites on public lands.
The following are just a few examples of free RV camping locations available throughout Alabama.
Southeast of Comer Alabama is the Barbour Wildlife Management Area. With nearly 19,000 acres of public land available, this is a great area for RV camping. Free RV camping is allowed in designated camping location.
West of Demopolis Alabama 2 miles are US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) managed camping facilities. Both free and fee RV camping is allowed. Additionally, free RV camping is allowed in the Demopolis Wildlife Management Area (WMA) north of town.
Free RV camping is available at the Wolf Creek Wildlife Management Area near Townley Alabama. This wildlife area offers camping, hiking, wildlife viewing, and hunting. This area consists of over 24,000 acres.
Located in the northwest corner of Alabama is the Black Warrior Wildlife Management Area. RV camping is allowed in designated camping locations. This area will be busy during hunting season. Numerous outdoor recreation opportunities including hiking, biking, and bird watching are just a few.
We recommend the Alabama Atlas and Gazetteer by DeLorme Publishing Company to help find RV camping locations. This topographic atlas offers comprehensive detail including trails, back country roads, lakes and streams, boat ramps, forests, recreation areas, campgrounds, public lands, and hunting and fishing locations. Information about family trips, wilderness outing possibilities, and more are included. Put that together with Topo USA 8.0 National Edition and you have a powerful set of tools to find RV camping sites in Alabama.
RV camping is allowed in Alabama state parks and USACE (US Army Corp of Engineers) campground facilities throughout the state. USDA Forest Service areas also offer developed campgrounds suitable for RV camping. USFS campgrounds are usually primitive with only vault toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings. Water and trash are sometimes provided.
The following are a few examples of the great RV camping locations found in Alabama.
South of Alexander City, RV camping is available at Wind Creek State Park. This park has it all with outdoor activities such as golf, swimming, hiking, boat rentals, and fishing. There are 626 campsites, making this park campground the largest in the country.
Located in south central Alabama, the USDA Conecuh National Forest offers the Open Pond Recreation Area. RV camping is allowed with picnic tables, fire rings and toilets. Outdoor recreation includes hiking, biking, wildlife viewing and fishing.
30 miles west of Montgomery is the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Woodruff Lake. This lake has many RV camping areas available with a water recreation background. No campground reservations are accepted. This lake receives over 2 million visitors a year.
Alabama Wildlife Management areas area great places for RV camping. The Coosa Wildlife Management Area is no exception. With over 37,000 acres, you will find many outdoor recreation opportunities.
RV camping is allowed at the USDA Forest Service Corinth Recreation Area. Go east of Double Springs on Highway 278 for about five miles, turn south on County Road 57 for about three miles to the Corinth Recreation Area.
Located in the Northeast section of Alabama, the De Soto Resort State Park offers numerous outdoor recreation opportunities. Hiking, biking, swimming, fishing and more await you on your RV camping trip.
The USDA Bankhead National Forest offers dispersed RV camping (boondocking) as well as developed campgrounds. The Brushy Lake Campground is a good example of forest service campgrounds. With water and RV dump station, this is a good RV camping location.
Just 2 miles north of Grove Oak is the Buck's Pocket State Park. The park's picnic area has a wonderful canyon rim vista into the pocket. The pocket is on an upstream tributary of Lake Guntersville and offers campground with tables, grills, shelters, laundry, comfort station, playground and hiking trails.
RV camping is permitted at the USDA William B. Bankhead National Forest Clear Creek Campground. Outdoor activities include a playground, beach, bicycle path, boat launch, and hiking trails. From US 78 in Jasper, take Highway 195 north 5 miles to County Road 27. Take County Road 27 northeast for 8 miles to the campground.
Located in the wetlands area of Mobile Bay, Meaher State Park offers RV camping with both hookup and primitive campsites. Fishing, hiking, and birdwatching are popular outdoor activities at this popular state park.
260 million year old limestone caverns are the major attraction at Rickwood Caverns State Park. RV camping is permitted, and reduced camping rates are available with weekly or monthly options.
USFS (US Forest Service) - Describes USFS policies and rules about RV camping. Information about dispersed camping, and tips on how to find great free RV camping sites.
NPS (National Park Service) - General information about RV camping and campgrounds in US National Parks. With campgrounds in the most historic and scenic places in the country, the NPS offers some of the best places for RV camping.
USACE/COE (US Army Corp of Engineers) - USACE (perhaps better know as COE) manages water recreation areas throughout the USA. Information about finding USACE lakes, RV camping possibilities, and rules and policies for use of these water based recreation areas is included.
Here's a list of places to consider when looking for a free overnight RV camping or parking location in Alabama. We always recommend asking for overnight RV parking permission when looking for a free spot to spend the night. The smaller your RV, the better chances you will have finding places to stay if you choose not to ask permission. If you don't ask permission, you end up "sneaking" into places and hoping nobody bothers you or issues you a trespassing ticket before you move on.
Be smart and Be Safe...Ask Permission.
As you can see, there are a lot of free RV camping and parking possibilities in Alabama. If you are not asking permission, it's best to keep a very low profile. If your RV has slide outs, jacks and TV antennas, don't use them so as not to draw attention to yourself. Consider your surroundings carefully and if you feel uncomfortable with the area, move somewhere else.