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Visit Blakeley State Park – The South’s Loveliest Ghost Town

October 17th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Blakeley State ParkBlakeley State Park is both the site of the last major battle of the Civil War and considered by many to be the site of the South’s loveliest ghost town.

Blakeley State Park, located north of Spanish Fort in Baldwin County, Alabama is many things all at once.

Primarily, it is a 3,800-acre public park on Alabama’s Tensaw River delta. The park has over 10 miles of walking, bicycling, and horseback riding trails. There is also a quarter-mile of waterfront boardwalk with two observation decks on the Tensaw River.

The park offers 31 campsites, two camping shelters or “Squirrels Nests,” and three family picnic areas with a pavilion. An observation kiosk gives bird watchers an excellent vantage point for their hobby.

Blakeley State Park is home a to a great many animals, including black bears, red-belled turtles, osprey, bald eagles, and many species of fish. It’s also home to the state‚Äôs largest population of alligators!

Gatra Wehle Nature Center is here, too, with its nature trails, presentations, and weekly exhibits.

For those wanting to get out on the water, there is the Delta Explorer, a 50-passenger tour boat. The Delta Explorer offers a number of tours through the history and wildlife-rich Mobile-Tensaw Delta.

A locus of history, Blakeley State Park has also been an Apalachee Indian village, a French plantation, and a booming riverfront town.

The Town of Blakeley was settled in 1814, making it one of Alabama’s oldest towns. Blakeley thrived at first, boasting a population of nearly 4,000 in the 1820’s – bigger than Mobile at the time! Blakeley was not long-lived, however, becoming Fort Blakeley as it faded.

As Fort Blakeley, the park was the site of the last major battle of the Civil War. The Battle of Fort Blakeley, April 9, 1865, occurred on the same day as the Confederate surrender. The conflict involved over 16,000 soldiers, many of them African-American troops on the Union side. The park is now the largest site east of the Mississippi River to be on the Civil War Discovery Trail.

Blakeley State Park

34745 State Hwy 225
For more information on the history of the park and its amenities, be sure to visit: www.blakeleypark.com

Blakeley State Park Lodging
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