Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park is a 1,500 acre
piece of paradise located about 25 miles Southwest of
Birmingham, Alabama. The park celebrates Birmingham's historic
iron industry with a museum and a restored furnace and multiple
buildings from the era. If you like camping, nature, and
history, you will thoroughly enjoy this park.
There is a very
large campground at Tannehill State Park with a handful of full
hookup sites. There is also a creek, a cold clean spring, miles
of biking and hiking trails, a small gauge train, a sweets shop,
a restaurant, 19th century cabins to rent, rockhounding,
fishing, and much more.
Tannehill has a very large facility for events, and there are
are a good many that take place here. On the third weekend of
every month from March to November, the park hosts Trade days, a
sort of swap meet. Then there's the Dulcimer Festival, a Civil
War reenactment, a rock an mineral show, a major archery event
(state championship), and a woodcarvers show. Frankly, it seems
there is always something happening at Tannehill.
We visited Tannehill State Park the same on the same dates
last year. I've had to do a presentation at the Mercedes
plant in Vance two years running, so we made an adventure of
it both years. We had originally planned on staying at Oak
Mountain State Park this year, just to check it out.
Unfortunately, after driving through Oak Mountain's two
campgrounds twice, I could never find an RV site I liked.
That's another story though.
We arrived late in
the afternoon on a Wednesday expecting plenty of full hookup
campsites. There was just one available. A terrible tornado came
through here last month, devastating nearby Tuscaloosa and
ripping a path through the pines for miles. Clean-up crews were
using the park's campground as a home base. Unfortunately, that
meant an unusually messy campground (just the full hookup
section). There seemed to be more cigarette butts and general
trash than usual. It's hard to blame the park for that though.
Typically, Tannehill is very well maintained.
It was hot, real hot. Recalling last year's visit, the kids took
to the creek at the first opportunity. There's a spring that
flows cold an clear into Roupes creek. I can imagine Native
Americans using the creek to cool off in centuries past. I'm
sure plenty of artifacts can be found here.
In the evenings,
after the air cooled down a little, we took bike rides. There
are lots of trails around Tannehill State Park. Many follow old
road beds that were used to transport ore. They are very well
maintained and an easy ride (or walk).
We only stayed for
two nights on this trip because we were heading South for more
adventures. We really want to come back though, especially for
some of their
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the spring, Tannehill hosts a field trip day for home school
students. This program will give home school students and
their families the opportunity to explore the park through
the Side Trails to History Program. Learn how iron was made
at the historic Tannehill Ironworks during the Civil War,
what natural resources attracted settlers and industrialists
here, and how Alabama’s industrial pioneers lived in the
Tannehill Ironworks Historical
State Park's website is very well done. Could use
more pictures of campsites and amenities.
Tannehill has lots of campsites,
many on the creek from $21. There is just one full hookup
area (including sewer), but they are cramped and unkempt.
The non-sewer sites are much roomier and shady. All sites
are first come-first served (NO RESERVATIONS), but you can call ahead to see
if sites are available - (205) 477-5711.
several restored cabins, built in the 1800's, that can be
rented. Rates (as of 2011) are from $80 per night.
The playground equipment is
pretty nice, but the grounds were in need of some repair and
landscaping (as of June 2011).
There are many old road beds
that serve as great trails for bike riding and hiking.
The museum is awesome, filled with lots of relics from the
Geocaching is available, but we didn't have a chance.
lots of interesting rocks here. There is a spring that feeds
a stream that is several inches deep and crystal clear. On a
hot day, you an sit in the stream and pick through rocks
(and other thing). I found a mineralized animal bone that
showed evidence of someone scraping away the marrow with a
sharp tool. My assumption is that it was food for some
ancient Native American, but I'm no expert.
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