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Meaher State Park, Spanish Fort
(3/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web)
Meaher State Park is a publicly owned recreation area located on Big Island, an island at the north end of Mobile Bay that lies within the city limits of Spanish Fort, Alabama. The state park occupies along the shoreline of Ducker Bay, at the junction of Mobile Bay and the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta. It is surrounded by wetlands of the Mobile Bay estuary. The park is accessed from Battleship Parkway, known locally as the "Causeway," and is managed by Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.HistoryThe park opened in 1989. The land was donated to the state for public recreational use by Augustine Meaher, a descendant of the noted 19th-century steamboat operator John Meaher, for whom the park is named.Activities and amenitiesThe park features an interpretive boardwalk through the wetlands, picnic area, boat ramp, fishing pier, two cabins, and a camping area with 56 individual campsites.
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TripAdvisor
  • Neat little State Park RV campground with a public boat ramp for inshore fishing in upper east Mobile bay. Clean bathhouse facilities and full service RV spots. 
  • Small park that made our trip very nice, not many campers so had our privacy, camped right on the lake. The only negative was sugar ants, they seem to be everywhere and even all over out RV, They have...  more »
  • We camped at Meaher State Park June 30-July 3rd. It is truly urban camping. The interstate and restaurants are a quick drive up the road. We took our boat and I was assured by the park we would have a...  more »
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  • Once you put your ant defense down, the views and the park are simply beautiful. The pier is really good to view the sunsets, dinosaurs, and jumping mullet. There is some road noise, but just put a fan, or something on and that will cure that. This is a simple place, so relax. Food stores, resturants, USS Alabama, and historic downtown Mobile are just minutes away. Great little gem in the middle of everything, or on the way to wherever.
  • I recently stayed one night in early October with my wife and 16 month old daughter in our travel trailer. The campground was nice and clean, and seeing the alligators from the dock was really neat (they have some big 6 footers there....pretty cool, until you realize that they can walk right up into your camp site if they wanted too). I had seen the reviews mentioning the problem with the ants...so we brought some ajax powder with us and ant spray. THEY ARE NOT JOKING ABOUT THE ANTS.....THEY ARE EVERYWHERE! As soon as I backed into the site and stepped out of the truck, the ants where up both legs all the way to my knees before I even knew it. It was insane, I can't even try to explain how bad the ants are there. We put ajax powder and and spray around the entire camper, everything that touched the ground....tires, front jack, everything. Everything was great until we woke up at 5am with ants all over us....in the bed, covering the camper floor, in our daughters bed, up and down the walls, in every cabinet an drawer in the camper....it was crazy!! Turns out that those little bastards made their way up the the power cable and right into the camper...filling it from top to bottom....millions of ants. I'm not even joking. At least they didn't bite. We got up, did our best to sweep out the thousands of ants all over the floor, got our daughter free of ants and loaded into the truck, and hit the road. Once we got to our final destination (Pensacola), it took around 3-4 days before we were able to rid the camper of the majority of the ants...nothing like going to sleep every night and then waking up with ants crawling on you. Long story short.......if you go to Meaher State Park....be prepared to be covered in ants, they are everywhere....and will invade your camper in just a few hours. I can't believe people even camp there with the ants being do bad. Stay away, unless you like being covered in ants. I would comment on the showers and bathrooms, but we got out of there so fast after we woke up covered in ants, we never got a chance to check out the facilities.
  • Beautiful location and we have stayed there three times in the last three years. Ants are a big problem and at one time there was a sign advising people to spray, but I think it's gone now. The first trip, we saw it too late and had to kill ants both inside and outside of our trailer. The last two times we came prepared and sprayed everything that touched the ground as soon as we set up, which solved the problem of ants getting inside. Unfortunately, we have noticed a gradual degradation of the park due to reduced upkeep of the property and bath house/laundry. The grass has been high or only partially cut and the showers have been dirty on our last two trips there. Complaints got a lot of excuses about budget cuts, but ultimately the showers were cleaned. It's in a great location and close to many attractions. If the State of Alabama would maintain it with pride, it would be a 4-5 star park.
  • Breath taking vistas. Incredible fresh seafood nearby. Ginormous alligators. I didn't RV it. Just a day visitor. A photographer's paradise. If you're visiting Mobile, don't miss it. I was there in early June. Was hot and sweaty, but not unbearable.
  • The park was beautiful. It was a great experience until we noticed our RV was being infested by little black ants. The pad to our site #34 had some kind of white powder where the previous RV had been parked and we were curious about it. Now we know it was an attempt to keep ants out of their RV. If you go there be sure to put Sevin Dust or something on the pad before parking.