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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  • 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 »
  • I lived in Baldwin County for years and finally visited Historic Blakeley State Park. It was interesting.  more »
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  • Always a great time at Blakeley, and always find something new there no matter how many times I go. Lots of hiking trails, biking trails, and even horseback riding trails. Campgrounds are nice and have restroom/shower facilities nearby. Staff is always friendly and helpful. The historical (Civil War) aspect is also neat, with lots of remaining breastwork from Union and Confederate forces.
  • BEWARE! Although the website says, "Reservations require a non-refundable deposit of $30," do not expect a refund of any payments made beyond that $30. Their actual policy is, "No refunds are given for any reason." I was not made aware of this policy when I made my reservation, taken by Joel. Nor was any confirmation emailed to me that would detail this policy. Typical procedure for every other campground we've dealt with is that the deposit is non-refundable, but the additional amount is. Being a military family, we frequently have to cancel plans (and forfeit deposits, usually $10-$15). Never have I heard of a policy where the entire amount is non-refundable. The best they would offer is an "indefinite credit" which is beyond their typical 60-day credit rule. I'm not sure who makes this policy, but they would be best served to be more in-line with the rest of the camping industry.
  • Last major Civil War battle was fought here even though the war had already been declared finished. Very educational Park they have a yearly battle reenactment that is worthwhile seeing. It is small but well put well-put-together. Offer a boat cruise along the Delta which is very informative.
  • 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.
  • There is a lot of burned ground in this park. The bathrooms have no lights and no sinks in the male or female bathrooms. The icing on the cake is when around about 2 to 330 in the morning coyotes were very close and starting howling to the right and left of us. Very scary for a camper and wondering how you are going to protect your children.

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