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Public Tour of Delta and Docks April 23 by Blakeley State Park

 

Nature's wildlife—plants, animals and birds—will be the first of a double feature show for passengers aboard the Blakeley State Park's Delta Explorer Saturday April 23. The second feature will be sights and sounds of shipbuilding, local and international shipping activities of the Port of Mobile.

The three-hour tour aboard the 50-passenger Blakeley boat begins from the park dock on the Tensaw River at 9:30 a.m. After crossing the Delta viewing wildlife seen only by boat, the Delta Explorer cruises down the Mobile River through the Port of Mobile before looping back to home dock.

Seating is on a first come-first serve basis but can be reserved in advance by calling 251- 626-5581 and paying with major credit cards. Tickets are $35 for adults, $17 for children 6-12. The boat is also available for private charter by groups.

Blakeley State Park is located on State Hwy. 225 about five miles north of its intersection with U.S. 31 at Spanish Fort.

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Blakeley to Offer Special Battlefield Tours and A Display of Original Civil War Artifacts June 4th

Join us at Historic Blakeley State Park on the morning of Saturday, June 4th for a unique look at our nationally-significant battlefield and an opportunity to view rare artifacts associated with the Battle of Fort Blakeley!

Blakeley is the site of Alabama's largest Civil War battle, with several miles of incredibly-preserved earthworks constructed by both the Union and Confederate armies. We invite you to come along on two special ranger-guided tours of the battlefield, one a short walking tour of one of the largest gun emplacements within Confederate lines, and the other a bus tour of the field over which the Union Army made the last grand charge of the war on April 9, 1865. Each tour will be offered three times; at 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00 AM.

Throughout the morning, a special display of artifacts associated with the Battle of Fort Blakeley and the siege of nearby Spanish Fort, discovered through archaeology, will be on display at the park's Wehle Center.

Schedule of Events:

8:30 AM Exhibit Opens at Wehle Center

9:00 AM Guided Tours of Battlefield depart from Wehle Center

10:00 AM Guided Tours of Battlefield depart from Wehle Center

11:00 AM Guided Tours of Battlefield depart from Wehle Center

12:30 PM Exhibit Closes

Tours are free with regular park admission; $4 for adults, $3 for children 6-12

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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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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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Tour group at Bottle Creek Mounds


Boat docking at mound site.


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

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