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CAMPGROUND NAME: Brushy Lake

VISIT DATE: 04/24/97

UPDATE DATE: 2/18/2014

STATE: Alabama

REGION: Southern

RANGER DISTRICT: Bankhead

NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Wren

RESERVATIONS: No

DIRECTIONS:
In Wren, AL, at the intersection of State Rts. 36 and 33, take 
Rt. 33 south 5.3 miles to Pine Torch Church Historic Site and 
County Rt. 70 signs.  Turn left onto Rt. 70 and go 5.2 miles to 
Brushy Lake sign.  Turn left after the sign, onto Forest Rt. 245, 
and go 1.7 miles to campground on right.

GENERAL COMMENTS:
The elevation is 700 ft.

The campground, situated in mature hardwoods and pines, is 
tranquil and rustic and best-suited for tent, car and slide-in 
campers.  Most sites are adjacent to Brushy Lake and are 
tucked into dense hardwoods providing ample shade, fair privacy, 
and the promise of good Fall color.  A paved trail links the 
campground to the day-use area and a wheelchair-friendly fishing 
pier that reaches into Brushy Lake.  

Possible day trips are: Bankhead's Little Natural Bridge, Houston 
Civil War Jail, Pine Torch Church, Helen Keller's Florence home, 
the Alabama Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ave Marie Grotto 
in Cullman, Moulton's Jesse Owens Memorial and several historic or 
natural areas.

SEASONS
Open Seasonal: Yes
Open All Year: Yes

Seasonal Comment:
No potable water 11/1 through 3/15

RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED
Rate: $5 per day
Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14

CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION
No. RV Sites: 0
No. Tent Sites: 0
No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 12
   
   Total Sites: 12

Tent Pads: Yes
Open Sites: No
Wooded Sites: Yes

No. Tables on Sites: 12
No. Grilles on Sites: 12
Equestrian Camping: No

RV INFORMATION
Hookups: None
No. RV Pull Throughs: 0
Waste Station: No
Average Parking Apron Size: 15' X 45'

Comments:
The parking aprons are gravel with some interior road erosion.  There 
is NO turn around; travel trailers are not recommended and motorhomes 
over 30' should detach towed vehicle.  Be aware of low hanging branches 
throughout.

BATH AND SHOWER FACILITIES
Vaults: Yes
Flush Toilets: No
Hot Showers: No

Comments:
There are flush toilets and wheelchair friendly hot showers 
in adjacent day-use area.

OTHER FACILITIES
Playground: No
Public Phone: No
No. Water Spigots (non-site): 2
  No. Threaded: 2
Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No

WATER SPORTS
Lake: Yes
Swimming (provided): No
Sailing: No
Boat Ramp: No
Boat Carry Down Access: No
Power Boating: Yes
Boating (no power): Yes
Water Skiing: No
Rafting (whitewater): No
Kayaking (whitewater): No

Comments:
Brushy Lake is 33 acres.  Power boats are limited to electric
motors.

HIKING
Brushy Lake Trail (paved) - 0.25 miles
     accesses day-use area and fishing pier

FISHING   
Bream - wheelchair friendly fishing pier

CAMPGROUND NAME: Clear Creek VISIT DATE: 04/23/97 UPDATE DATE: 2/18/2014 STATE: Alabama REGION: Southern RANGER DISTRICT: Bankhead NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Manchester RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: In Manchester, AL, at the intersection of State Rts. 257 and 195, take Rt. 195 north 1.6 miles to Clear Creek Recreation Area sign. Turn right at sign onto Fall City Rd. and go 8 miles to campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 730 feet. The campground, adjacent to Lake Lewis Smith with a nicely manicured grass understory, consists of four loops - Bear, Fox, Hoot Owl and Fawn. A thick mixture of deciduous and conifer trees provide good shade and privacy between campsites. Basketball, volleyball and horseshoe courts are located along the shore of the lake in Fox Loop. Some sites are adjacent to the lake. Generally, campsites in the Fawn and Hoot Owl Loops have limited views of the lake, while campers in Fox Loop enjoy good views. Each campsite has a lantern pole. An interpretive program is available during the summer. A security gate is located at entrance to campground - late arrivals will need to call campground manager for access. Firewood and ice available for a fee. The mix of hardwoods and pine provide only fair privacy but suggest nice Fall color. This is a popular campground - reservations are recommended, especially during summer. Possible day trips are Bankhead's Little Natural Bridge, Houston Civil War Jail, Pine Torch Church, Helen Keller's Florence home, the Alabama Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ave Marie Grotto in Cullman, Moulton's Jesse Owens Memorial and several historic or natural areas. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open March 14 through November 2 RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: Bear/Fawn loops $22 per day - single $14 per day - single Senior/Access discount $44 per day - double Hoot Owl/Fox loops $24 per day - single $16 per day - single Senior/Access discount $46 per day - double Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 97 Total Sites: 97 Tent Pads: Yes Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 97 No. Grilles on Sites: 97 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION No. Full Hookups (includes waste): 0 No. Water and Electric Only: 97 No. Water Only: 0 No. Electric Only: 0 No. RV Pull Throughs: 10 Waste Station: Yes Potable Water at Waste Station: Yes Average Parking Apron Size: 10' X 43' Comments: Parking aprons are paved. BATH AND SHOWER FACILITIES Vaults: No Flush Toilets: Yes Hot Showers: Yes Comments: Wheelchair friendly showers OTHER FACILITIES Playground: Yes Public Phone: Yes No. Water Spigots (non-site): 0 Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): Yes Sailing: No Boat Ramp: Yes Boat Carry Down Access: No Power Boating: Yes Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: Yes Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: Lake Lewis Smith is 22,000 acres. Very large sandy beach. HIKING Raven Trail (interpretive) - 2.5 miles Bicycle Trail (paved) - 1.5 miles FISHING Kentucky Spotted Bass and Hybrid Stripped Bass

CAMPGROUND NAME: Corinth VISIT DATE: 04/24/1997 UPDATE DATE: 10/2/2014 STATE: Alabama REGION: Southern RANGER DISTRICT: Bankhead NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Double Springs RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: In Double Springs, AL, at the intersection of U.S. Rt. 278 and State Rts 195, 74, and 33, take Rt. 278 east 5 miles to Corinth Recreation Area sign. Turn right after sign onto County Rt. 57 and go 2.6 miles to campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 700 ft. The campground, an RVrs delight, is located on Lewis Smith Lake in the Corinth Recreation Area. It includes two loops (Firefly and Yellowhammer) with full hookups and a spur for tents. There is one water spigot in the tent section and no bathhouse but has easy access to the one in Yellowhammer. Privacy between campsites is fair to good. The campsites are spacious with a manicured grass understory in a hardwood and pine forest, suggesting good Fall color. Lantern poles are found at each campsite and some sites have graveled spaces well-suited for boat trailers. Because of the thick middlestory, no campsite has a clear view of the lake. The campground is popular for swimming, boating, and fishing. Stonework from the YCC (Youth Conservation Corps - late 70s through the early 80s) is found in some areas of the campground. A security gate is located at entrance to campground - late arrival will need to call campground manager for access. Ice and firewood available for a fee. No alcohol is permitted in the campground. As a point of interest in the campground, walk the path between to an overlook of Lewis Smith Lake. Possible day trips are Bankhead's Little Natural Bridge, Houston Civil War Jail, Pine Torch Church, Helen Keller's Florence home, the Alabama Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ave Marie Grotto in Cullman, Moulton's Jesse Owens Memorial and several historic or natural areas. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open March 15 through December 1 RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $25 per day with full hookups $17 per day - Senior/Access discount $16 per day - no hookups $8 per day - Senior/Access discount Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 8 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 48 Total Sites: 56 Tent Pads: Yes Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 56 No. Grilles on Sites: 56 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION No. Full Hookups (includes waste): 48 No. Water and Electric Only: 0 No. Water Only: 0 No. Electric Only: 0 No. RV Pull Throughs: 4 Waste Station: Yes Potable Water at Waste Station: Yes Average Parking Apron Size: See RV comments Comments: The parking aprons are paved and the pull-throughs are very long. The campground can accommodate any size RV. FACILITIES Vaults: No Flush Toilets: Yes Hot Showers: Yes Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: Yes Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 1 No. Threaded: 1 Comments: The showers are wheelchair friendly. WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): Yes Sailing: No Boat Ramp: Yes Boat Carry Down Access: No Power Boating: Yes Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: Yes Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: Lake Lewis Smith is 22,000 acres. The swim beach is large and sandy. The lake's irregular shoreline makes it very good for canoeing. HIKING Bobwhite trail (foot) - 1.3 miles FISHING Kentucky Spotted bass, Largemouth bass, Hybrid Stripped bass, and panfish




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