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There's no shortage of state parks to visit in Alabama. The Heart of Dixie is home to 22 state parks that are spread throughout the southern state. Each park offers many traditional activities from hiking, picnics, and educational activities to fishing, boating, and overnight camping trips. Visitors of all ages can also enjoy one of the dozens of events such as exclusive, educational hikes that take place at each park throughout the year. Here are some of the state parks in Alabama to visit.

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1. Gulf State Park

Gulf State Park gives visitors the best of both worlds. With 3.5 miles of pristine, white sand beaches there's plenty of fun activities in the sun for all ages. Later in the day, take a break from the sun. Not far from the shore visitors can eat a picnic lunch or grill dinner on one of the charcoal grills.

Visitors looking to make it more than a day trip can rent a cabin, bring an RV, or reserve a campsite for one or more nights. Don't forget to bring the family dog. Gulf State Park has a special place for dogs at the lakeside dog park.

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