Blakely State Park is located just off Highway 225 in Baldwin County. This 3,800 acre tract preserves both nature and history. It's all nestled along the banks of the Tensaw River just north of Spanish Fort.
Rose Fulford is a ranger at the park. She says the area has plenty to offer. "Blakely is one of the most beautiful places I have ever had the pleasure of working, we have over 20 miles of nature trails, you can walk the trails, you can take your horses out here," says Fulford.
There are plenty of opportunities for camping here as well. The park offers sites for both RV's and tents. Visitors can also enjoy an eco tour of the river aboard on the Delta Explorer. This view from the water gives you the best opportunity to see birds like this bald eagle.
Historically, the park is also home to a unique Alabama ghost town founded in the early 1800's. You can tour the foundation of Baldwin County's first courthouse. This is all part of what was once a booming frontier city complete with churches, hotels, and homes.
Fulford says, "Blakely at one time rivaled the city of Mobile. It was actually bigger than Mobile because the Tensaw River is a deep water port."
The area is also the site of one of the last major battles of the civil war. The siege actually occurred just after Lee surrendered to Grant at Appamattox, Virginia.
Stacey Gardner is the park historian and tells us that most folks don't realize the amount of history found at Blakely. He says, "To think there was almost 40 thousand union soldiers and 10 thousand confederates between Mobile and Baldwin Counties, and that all occurred in our backyard. There is no better place to experience that either confederate works or union works than Blakely,"
The park is open from 9am - dusk seven days a week. Admission is $3 for adults, kids under 6 are free.
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