Historic Blakeley State Park, Spanish Fort

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Historic Blakeley State Park is a park located on the site of the former town of Blakeley in Baldwin County, Alabama on the Tensaw River delta. The park encompasses an area once occupied by settlers in what was a thriving community on the river. Later, Confederate soldiers were garrisoned here and fought in the last major battle of the U.S. Civil War against superior Union forces.HistoryThe park was founded by school teacher Mary Grice, of Mobile, Alabama. In 1976 the park was established as a private not-for-profit foundation. The goal was to preserve and redevelop the area. In 1981, the Alabama Legislature named Blakeley a state park and created a separate state authority to oversee operations. Although it is called a state park, it is not operated by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. State funding was suspended during 2011, and the park is now fully funded by private contributions and gate receipts.In 1993, Blakeley was named a Class A Civil War site by the United States Congress. The park is part of the Civil War Discovery Trail due to it being the site of the Battle of Fort Blakely. Some remnants of battlefield operations remain including the Confederate breastworks that cross the park. Some effort is underway to restore the Confederate and Union constructs that supported the Battle of Fort Blakeley. That battle, involving over 16,000 soldiers occurred on the same day as the Confederate surrender. African-American troops made up a significant number of the Union forces.
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  • Stopped early morning 800 am. At 1st trail saw 4 white tail dear, and many birds moving about. Trails are dog friendly. Walk pass town ruins of blakeley. Most trails are natural with pine needles  more »
  • Beautiful park, quiet and lots of trails. It never seems to be all that crowded through the week, but I cannot comment about week-ends. Bordered by the Blakleey river, there are some good access point...  more »
  • Old battle ground for the civil war. A lot of history in this 2000 acre park, large Live Oak trees. The guy at the office was very informative about the park. Good Job,  more »
  • We loved this park. We visited and stayed two nights for Christmas in the Harper section near the cemetery. Joel and Robin, the two rangers we met, were very helpful and informative. They have extensive trails and beautiful woods! Loved the boardwalk, the history, and the serenity of this gorgeous park. The bathrooms and showers are basic, but it's camping and still very nice. Highly recommend!
  • I'm from Alaska, America's wilderness paradise, and I have to say that if you've never been hiking in Alabama, you don't know what you're missing! Blakeley transitions between unique, pristine ecosystems as rapidly as some national parks. One trail will take you down coastal wetland, another through cypress swamp, deep forest, or historic battlefields. Many trails are "rugged," but there are long boardwalks and nice picnic areas for more relaxed trips. Also they offer inexpensive boat tours, and the staff is extremely friendly!
  • I can't say enough about this beautiful Park we came through once to check it out. And became members immediately. Many amazing Trails full of great history and a nice getaway.
  • The park itself is beautiful. You can't carry enough blocks and jacks to level your travel trailer. Most of the sites are in bad need of leveling and maintenance. Something also needs to be done about removing permanent residents living in rv's and trailers that are in such bad shape that they can't even be moved. Some look like a junk yard. We have stayed there 3 times, but no more. When you bring these things up to the staff they act like nothing can be done and blame the State. Meaher State Park has a tractor and box blade they can use anytime.
  • Cool park and place to camp. Lots to see, lots of wildlife, but not much for kids to do. It needs a playground. Great staff!

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