Those who like the idea of camping but prefer air-conditioned, luxurious accommodations will have something to look forward to this summer at Alabama State Parks.
New "glamping" sites — short for glamour camping — will be installed at six state parks: Wind Creek, Chewacla, Lake Guntersville, Cheaha, DeSoto and Monte Sano state parks.
The first site will be available starting April 21 at Wind Creek State Park. The 1,444-acre park is on Lake Martin.
There are standard, double and deluxe safari tents available starting at $129 per night.
Timberline Glamping, out of Gainesville, Ga., is managing the sites.
"We're excited to be expanding into Alabama," said owner Rebeka Self. "We've had Alabama families visiting our facilities in Georgia and Florida. Now they can explore their own beautiful state through our concept of 'glamping.' Our campsites are able to reach both traditional campers and those who prefer more amenities with their outdoors experience."
Tents come with beds, linens, electricity, coffee makers, air conditioners in the summer and heaters in the winter.
"We strive to offer the very best experience to every guest," said Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Commissioner Chris Blankenship. "Glamping has become increasingly popular during the last few years, and we often field questions from people asking if we offer it. We already have many other types of overnight options for our guests, so it made sense for us to add glamping as a new amenity. This is another exciting way people can enjoy the amazing scenic beauty available at our Alabama State Parks."
Chewacla glamping will be available by mid-May, Lake Guntersville by Memorial Day, and Cheaha, DeSoto and Monte Sano sometime this summer.
"Not everyone wants to stay in a hotel-style room at one of our resorts, and not everyone wants to sleep on the ground at a primitive campsite," Blankenship continued. "These glamping sites provide something new for our guests, and we believe they will embrace and enjoy this additional overnight option."
Reservations can be made online for the Wind Creek glamping sites.
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