Since 1985, the United States has celebrated July as the nation's official Park and Recreation Month. The idea for this month was developed by the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).
The theme selected for July 2021 is Our Park and Recreation Story, to highlight the diversity of the park and recreation professionals who confront a variety of environmental, health, and social challenges.
For more information, visit http://www.nrpa.org
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The parks are open but have policies regarding masks or limited services; check the individual park's website for awareness.
Here is the list of national parks and national historic places in Alabama:
Horseshoe Bend National Military Park Selma To Montgomery National Historic Trail
Little River Canyon National Preserve Trail Of Tears National Historic Trail
Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
Natchez Trace Parkway Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site
Russell Cave National Monument
For more information, please visit the National Park Service site's results for Alabama and a map. Both sites have a "By the Numbers" including number of visitors, landmarks (as well as links to information about the landmarks), and projects.
Here is the list of state parks in Alabama (numbers correspond to those on the map below):
1. Bladon Springs State Park 2. Blue Springs State Park 3. Buck's Pocket State Park
4. Cathedral Caverns 5. Cheaha State Park 6. Chewacla State Park
7. Chickasaw State Park 8. DeSoto State Park 9. Frank Jackson State Park
10. Gulf State Park 11. Joe Wheeler State Park 12. Lake Guntersville State Park
13. Lake Jackson RV Park at Florala 14. Lake Lurleen State Park 15. Lakepoint Resort State Park
16. Meaher State Park 17. Monte Sano State Park 18. Oak Mountain State Park
19. Paul M. Grist State Park 20. Rickwood Caverns
21. Roland Cooper State Park 22. Wind Creek State Park
For more information, visit Alabama State Parks
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These are a few of the books and e-books related to recreation and parks accessible to LWLC patrons
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One video produced by Outdoor Alabama in conjunction with Alabama State Parks describes the spring foliage in three Alabama state parks. Outdoor Alabama has other youtube videos describing individual parks.