Alabama – Fort Toulouse Campground

Overall park rating: 9/10

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The campground at Fort Toulouse State Historic Site is a bit difficult for us to review since we are biased. This is what we have long considered our home campground. We stayed here for the first four months after we bought our RV since it was close to our house at the time.

We tend to migrate back here frequently since we have friends in the area and still maintain our membership at our church here. And, of course, we leave the trailer here at Christmastime so we can fly out to Washington and know that our rig will be well cared for while we are away by any of the camp hosts and/or regulars that stay here. With that all said, we’ll try to provide an unbiased review.

One of the best features of the park includes price – $18 a night or $110 a week for RVs. That includes 20/30/50 amp electric and water. There are no sewer hookups, but there is a dump station. The park has some sites on the river, though trees block most of the view. There are a few sites where you can pick up satellite if that is your thing. There are a lot of sites with shade, which we like.

The bath house is a bit dated, but kept clean. We have it under good authority that they are looking at upgrading/updating the bathhouse, possibly this year (2017). Since we started staying here in 2012, they added city water (they were on a well). The utilities all work well and the pedestals are all fairly new and well-maintained. Our AT&T phones and MiFi unit both get around 2 bars (out of 5) of 4G LTE signal in most areas of the park.

Though there are a few more permanent residents, they are pretty much all camp hosts and/or employees of the park. The park closes its gates at, generally, 9 PM on weeknights and 10 PM on weekend nights to keep random vehicles from driving through. They open the gate at 5 AM. Note that if you will be coming in late, you can make arrangements with one of the camp hosts.

The campground itself is technically an Army Corp of Engineers park, but they lease it to the adjacent state historic site. The Fort Toulouse site has several interesting places to visit and a visitor center that is open six days a week. They also host several re-enactments during the year, including the largest one – Frontier Days – around the first part of November. Note that the campground is closed to the general public that week. However, it is open the remainder of the year.

Within five miles of the park are a WalMart, Winn-Dixie, Lowe’s Home Improvement, CVS and Walgreens as well as other smaller stores. Several fast food restaurants are also in the area as well as the Wind Creek Casino. There is a Ford and Chevrolet dealer in Wetumpka. The city post office is on the same road as the campground.

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