Tannehill State Park CampingThis beautiful park is only about 30 minutes from us so we can go there as often as we like. Admission is $3 per person (rates subject to change since we don't know what year you are viewing this in) and they give a senior discount. We have been here more times than we can count, although we don't take pictures every time we go. The grandkids like to play in the spring that bubbles up from the ground. They are fascinated that they can be at the source of a stream.
Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park has more than 1,500 acres in three counties set aside for hiking, camping and outdoor recreation. A miniature railroad chugs through the pines. From spring through fall, the blacksmith, miller and craftsmen demonstrate their trades. Craft shops occupy restored pioneer cabins and artisans chat with visitors from their front porches. Steeped in history, Tannehill feels timeless. The cotton gin, pioneer farm and working gristmill preserve a long-gone way of life. Hiking trails retrace historic roadways. Artifacts of Alabama’s 19th century iron industry displayed in the Iron and Steel Museum put in perspective the massive stone furnaces, Tannehill’s awe-inspiring centerpiece. It is difficult to take in all of Tannehill in one visit. Come again and come often to enjoy the special appeal of each season. Campground accommodations, both primitive and improved, are plentiful. The third weekend of each month, from March through November, shoppers and swappers come from far and near to Tannehill Trade Days in search of tools, clothing, jewelry, knives, furniture and other treasures. Other events include a Dulcimer festival, Gem, Mineral & Jewelry show, Woodcarvers show, Educational programs for school children, a Labor Day celebration, Halloween festival and Christmas candlelight tour. Source: tannehill.org
Camping here is awesome. They have primitive camp sites, water and electric campsites and full hook up sites. You can't make reservations so getting a FHU site can be tricky at peak camping times. People will pay for a site for a week or longer and put a small tent there to show it is occupied, then they will show up on a Friday with their RV. We've camped here for extended times but we were in the RV the whole time. It was nice to not have to come and go on a certain day due to work or other obligations.
The Trade Days events are like a big flea market, some of it is junk and some is not. You just have to come and look at it all and decide for yourself. Trade Days is popular and that is one of those times when getting a FHU campsite can be a problem. They also hold car shows here from time to time as well as other activities on major holidays. And let's not forget the Ironworks ruins that are located in the park. You can take a stroll around the park and see the old civil war relics.
Tannehill State Park is located at 12632 Confederate Parkway, McCalla, AL 35111. The phone number is (205) 477-5711. Tannehill State Park offers 195 improved campsites divided into three areas; the first area has full hookups and the other two areas have water and electricity supported by two bathhouses and a dump station. There is also a separate area for 100 primitive tent camping sites.
Below are all the pictures we have taken on our various visits to Tannehill. We hope you enjoy them and they motivate you to visit the park one day.
We visited here in 03/2009, 05/2009 and 08/2010.