Alabama RV Camping and Campgrounds

RV camping locations with spectacular scenery, solitude, and interesting history are available throughout Alabama. 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.

Alabama Private RV Parks and Campgrounds

Federal RV Camping In Alabama

  • National Park Service - NPS information about National Parks and other NPS administered lands in Alabama. There are some nice RV camping opportunities available in Alabama.
  • US Forest Service - Alabama - USFS information about National Forests in the Alabama. Dispersed RV camping (boondocking) is permitted on lands managed by the USFS.
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service - FWS information about National Wildlife Refuges in Alabama. Some wildlife areas permit RV camping. Check refuge regulations about RV camping restrictions.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers - USACE/COE information about water projects and camping in Alabama. RV camping is encouraged with a water recreation backdrop.

Alabama State RV Camping

  • Alabama State Parks - Information about RV camping and campgrounds in Alabama.
  • Alabama Outdoors - Information about state wildlife management areas (WMA) and RV camping opportunities. Most WMA's have designated camping areas. Once you get to the web site, click a WMA, then click the "map" section for rules and regulations about the area, including camping information.
  • Alabama Tourism Website - Where to go, and what to do in Alabama. Includes RV camping locations.

Campground Reservations

  • Camping Reservations - Reserve your campsite in advance and avoid wondering if you will find a place to camp.

RV Dump Stations In Alabama

Free RV Camping In 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.

COMER RV Camping Location - Comer
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.

DEMOPOLIS RV Camping Location - Demopolis
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.

TOWNLEY RV Camping Location - Townley
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.

WREN RV Camping Location - Wren
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.

Alabama Public RV Camping

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.

ALEXANDER CITY RV Camping Location - Alexander
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.

ANDALUSIA RV Camping Location - Andalusia
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.

BENTON RV Camping Location - Benton
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.

CLANTON RV Camping Location - Clanton
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.

DOUBLE SPRINGS RV Camping Location - Double Springs
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.

FORT PAYNE RV Camping Location - Fort Payne
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.

GRAYSON RV Camping Location - Grayson
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.

GROVE OAK RV Camping Location - 

Grove Oak

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.

GULF SHORES RV Camping Location - Gulf Shores
Over 400 RV camping sites are available at Gulf State Park near the town of Gulf Shores. Full hookup RV camping sites with 50 amp power.

JASPER RV Camping Location - Jasper
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.

PROVIDENCE RV Camping Location - Providence
Just north of Providence, RV camping is allowed at the Chickasaw State Park and picnic area. This small roadside park is located next to a handicap accessible hunting area.

SPANISH FORT RV Camping Location - Spanish Fork
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.

WARRIOR RV Camping Location - Warrior
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.
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Federal Public Land
RV Camping Information

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.

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RV Camping Ideas In Alabama

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.

  • Truck Stops - Asking permission is usually not a requirement Be considerate of the big rigs!
  • Walmart - Not all stores allow overnight RV parking in Alabama due to city ordinances. Check store for policy.
  • Nightclubs - Had one too many or just pretending?
  • Grain Elevators - Ask where you can park your RV out of the way for the night.
  • Fraternal Organizations - VFW, Elks etc. may allow members free overnight RV camping.
  • Cemetery - Sounds creepy to us, but we've also heard they may have water available.
  • Fairgrounds - State and County facilities may allow RV camping when not otherwise in use.
  • Parks - City, County, State, and Community parks often have free RV camping.
  • Churches - You can almost make "reservations" by calling ahead for permission.
  • Hotel Parking Lots - Assuming a nightclub/bar is inside, had one too many or just pretending?
  • Truck Terminals - Parking areas for large trucks might allow you free RV camping permission.
  • RV Dealers - Pretty brave to us, but you could fit right in.
  • Cracker Barrel - These nationwide restaurants usually allow free overnight RV parking.
  • Movie Theaters - Too tired to drive home after the late show?
  • Highway Rest Areas - All rest areas allow a few hours of free RV parking, but noisy.
  • Drive In Movies - Got a small RV, park in the back row and enjoy the show. Fell asleep by accident right?
  • Vehicle Repair Shops - Need to see the repairman first thing in the morning?
  • Big Box Retailers - Kmart, Best Buy, Sams Club often allow free RV camping.
  • Roadside Parks & Picnic Areas - The early day version of the rest area.

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.

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