Historic Blakeley State Park Remains
Open to the Public

Historic Blakeley State Park remains open seven days a week from 8 am. to dusk to day visitors and every night to campers in both its RV and tent campgrounds.

The reminder was issued in response to questions from the public to Blakeley State Park following the announcement that some state parks will close and others limit operations following action by the Legislature in reducing funds of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources that had provided recreational use of nearly two dozen parks across the state.

Blakeley is an historical and natural state park operated by a separate state agency. It has received no operating money from the state general fund in a number of years but was eligible for $25,000 in state grant funds for 2015-16. It has survived and kept its gates open by charging modest user fees, and through local revenues and grant funds.

“The park board of directors and staff appreciate that the public and local elected public officials recognize the service provided by Blakeley State Park to Alabama citizens and our visitors and have to the best of their ability supported that effort”, said Jo Ann Flirt, director.


Only Free Standing Hammock Camping Allowed: Blakeley Park reminds the public that it the use of hammocks for camping is restricted to free standing hammocks. The park rule is for the protection of trees in the popular wooded tent camping areas. The size and placing of trees does not accommodate camping in hammocks tired to trees. Social media and possibly commercial advertising appears to have promoted the popularity of hammock camping giving rise to recent questions to the park.


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Special Veteran's Day Program Slated by Blakeley State Park

Historic Blakeley State Park offers a special multifaceted Veterans Day event Nov. 11 highlighted by park ranger narrated tours of the Civil War battlefield followed by lunch and lecture by noted author Frye Gaillard. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. ending with lunch.

A descendant of veterans of the Battle of Fort Blakeley, Gaillard will talk about his latest book, J ourney to the Wilderness: War, Memory and a Southern Family's Civil War Letters. Currently writer in residence at the University of South Alabama, Gaillard has written or edited some 20 books in a wide range of areas of Southern history and culture.

Copies of his book will be available for purchase.

Two 45-minute excursions are scheduled, one a guided walking tour of seldom seen sections of the remarkably intact Confederate earthworks and the second a trip by park bus to the battlefield over which the Federal army charged 150-years ago in the last major battle of the Civil War. The lunch with lecture by Gaillard is at 11:30 a.m. in the Gatra Wehle Nature Center building near the battlefield.

Reservations are required as the number of attendees is limited. Ticket cost including both guided tours and Gaillard's lecture and lunch is $20. To make reservations or for more information call Mike Bunn, Blakeley assistant director, at 251-626-0798 or email . Blakeley Park is located on State Highway 225 about 4.5 miles north of its intersection with U.S. 31 in Spanish Fort.

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Blakeley Residents Spotted

Visitors to Blakeley State Park with patience can see wildlife like this young mother raccoon and two of her four babies exploring the Washington Square picnic area this week (Aug. 24) She is leading them down from one of the park's huge, old oak trees. Click here to view the photo. (Photo by Jo Ann Flirt)

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Robert Bradley of the State Archives Dept with Confederate Civil War battleflag captured at Blakeley.


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