With 23 state parks and a couple of national parks thrown in for good measure, there are plenty of camping options in Alabama. Two historic trails, maintained by the national parks service, snake their way through the state and plenty of private campgrounds dot the landscape.
The Trail of Tears, commemorating the continued survival of the Cherokee people "despite their forced removal from their home in the southeastern United States," is one such trail. Running through several states along old water routes, several campsites allow you to hike the trail during the day and return to your campsite at night.
On a more encouraging historical note, the Selma to Montgomery trail was established in 1996 to commemorate the 1965 voting rights march. While in Selma, you can visit the home church of Martin Luther King Jr.
Alabama epitomizes the natural features that defined the experiences of the generations who grew up in the American south and camping is the best way to get back to those roots. Much of the state is given over to forests, with few urban developments between cities. You can find any kind of terrain you can think of in Alabama, whether it's the snowy mountains to the north or the sunny beaches on the Gulf of Mexico to the south.
Alabama weather is cold in the winter and hot and humid in the summer. A camping trip near a lake can be the perfect way to escape the heat in the summer, but be sure to take precautions like bringing extra water and take precautions to make sure that pets do not overheat.
One of the best places to go backcountry camping is the Talladega national forest. Trashed by logging and industry at the turn of the century, the federal government bought the forest in the 1930's and it is now a diverse eco-system where pine trees and natural wildlife abound.
Bankhead National Forest is also an excellent camping destination. Corinth and Houston campgrounds, near the town of Double Springs are two popular spots to plop down a tent. Reservations are not needed at Corinth, but it would be beneficial to call ahead to the Bankhead Ranger Station as Corinth is not open in the winter. Houston campground closes for a longer stretch, open only in the spring and summer.
For RV campers, the Ozark Travel Park provides many amenities and is located between Troy and Ozark on I-65.