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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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  • Just to walk on these grounds is a tremendous adventure!! Grounds are well kept and the Rangers are always friendly and informative. Have been here many times over the years and love it! Take time to ...  more »
  • We didn't intend on going but it turned out to be quite enjoyable. The drive was a little rough in our camary but otherwise it was good. Very nice and relaxing. Interesting civil war history. 
  • Blakeley is always so pretty. A good bit if Civil War History, very nice trails, love the old roadside stand turned mini cabin. The staff are very friendly and have always watched out for me on solo h...  more »
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  • This place is pretty nice. My one complaint is about the 'Squirrel's Nest' Campsites. They don't advertise them, which was nice, but now they require 8 OR LESS PEOPLE if you wish to camp there! The cost hasn't changed, but if a couple wishes to have some privacy and avoid the ROLL TIDE WAR EAGLE YETI COOLERS DUCKS UNLIMITED OBESE MIDDLE CLASS SOUTHERN CULTURE OBSESSED SALT LIFE BASS PRO SHOP CROWD, then you better have at least 8 people to camp with! I've heard about the woman who runs this place and I'm guessing this was her idea. She's the same person that figured it was a good idea to drop tons of cash on the building that's protecting the barely noticeable brick foundation of the FIRST BALDWIN COUNTY COURTHOUSE! Oh my GOD! IT'S SO IMPORTANT AN INTERESTING! But it's actually not, and it was just a HUGE WASTE OF MONEY! She was also responsible for the nearby boardwalk to NOWHERE that just dead ends in a swamp that nobody cares to see. But, aside from the crappy expenditures and pointless rules, it's pretty nice. They should use some of their money to fix the jacked up boardwalk along the river instead of wherever their funds are going.
  • This park is amazing. It is truly historic treasure for modern civilization - how quickly we forget the past. The last battle of the civil war is etched into the landscape along with the vestiges of old Blakely, a town that was once bigger than Mobile. Besides the history, the natural beauty of the park is stunning. I watched the sunset on Tensaw and listened to the birds. The nature trail has many trees labeled, which I find really cool. There is one big clean bathroom with flushing toilets and showers, and two primitive bathrooms. I would love to return here to rent a primitive campsite. The park is secluded and gorgeous - a perfect get away for both relaxing beauty and intellectual stimulation.
  • Fun, but very rustic. Be aware that the trails have lots of large spider webs with large spiders. We just grabbed a stick and waved it in front of us to ward off any unseen webs of ew. The map is not super clear and the trails are not well marked. That said we had a lot of fun and I'd definitely go back!
  • I love that there aren't any streetlights and it makes you feel like you're really in the woods. The battlefield, old live Oaks, and boat tour is really cool. The spots are mostly pull through with a big area. The cons are some sites aren't near level and the hookups are in a really weird place on the pad. If you're tenting, the bathrooms seem to be a good ways away from the sites and $20 was a tad high, IMO. The board walk down by the river could REALLY use some meaningful maintenance. All in all, it's a neat place to come to.
  • 2 of my ancestors fought for the Confederacy here. Very special place to me.