Bladon Springs State Park In Alabama
Date Stayed: February 11 – 14, 2020
Address: 3921 Bladon Road – Silas, AL 36919
GPS: 31.734774, -88.198788
Website: Alabama State Parks
Price: $15 a night
Pets Allowed: Yes
Reservations: No reservations required – technically
Restrooms: Flush Toilets During Day
Trash Cans: Yes
Cell Service: Had 4G with Verizon & 4G with our AT&T booster.
ALWAYS research campgrounds before visiting.
Rules and regulations may have changed since we stayed there.
So after fleeing Lenoir Landing Park we had to find a place to dry out the pup after it got wet. I just don’t recommend driving through flood waters to anyone I mean there is just nothing fun about it. We got lucky after leaving though and like 15 minutes from Lenoir we found Bladon Springs.
When we drove up there was no one there to check us in so we read the signs, called the numbers listed and left a message. Five minutes later we got a call back and were told to park where-ever we wanted. The sign in front of the camping spots says all overnight or multiple night guests are suppose to prepay, but I think that just might be in the busy season.
A couple hours after we arrived the caretaker showed up to check in on us. We told him how long we were planning on staying, answered our questions and was on his way. He stopped by everyday to chat for a few minutes and on our last day there collected our money. Side note you do have to pay with a check.
These are great sites that aren’t right on top of each other. For $15 bucks a night you get full hook-ups. There is water, sewer and electric at each site. There are picnic tables at each site, but no fire ring or trash can. Trash cans are available in the park though. There is a playground, a couple picnic pavilions and clean restrooms with running water available for use. They do lock the restrooms around 7-8 at night though and reopen them in the morning. They also lock the gates to the park around 8 pm for security. They let you know how to get out though in case of an emergency.
We had a very quiet stay here while drying out Frankenstein. Hardly anyone came to the park during the day and we only had neighbors our last night there which was perfect timing for us. The battery on our car died and 30 minutes after they got there our new neighbors drove over to give us a jump, but nothing happened. The battery was completely dead so our kind new friend offered to drive Jamey to Walmart to get a new one. Two and half hours later they were back with a new battery and our car started right up. We have met the greatest peeps since starting this journey.
Bladon Springs State Park, now a county park?, is a 357-acre former Alabama State Park centered around four mineral springs. The springs contain sulfur, iron, magnesium, and calcium and were thought to possess healing qualities.. Now these springs aren’t really functional any more. Because the area constantly floods the caretaker told us they are near impossible to maintain. He said he has cleaned them up a couple times, but they get flooded and ruined again. I posted pics below and they are pretty nasty looking in their current state. I don’t believe anyone will be taking a soak in them anytime soon.
The latticed pavilion over the principle spring is the only remaining structure left from the original spa that opened here in 1838 by James Conner. In 1846 he expanded the spa, which could accommodate 100 guests, with a grand hotel that could house 200 more people. It was one of the largest wooden hotels ever built in Alabama. The springs, spa and hotel incorporating the grounds earned it the nickname the “Saratoga of the South.”
It closed sometime around 1913 and the grounds were re-opened as a state park after the hotel burned down in 1934. In 2015 Alabama closed it as an official state park and it became a locally managed public recreation area.
Always follow the Leave No Trace Seven Principles and try to leave your camp nicer than you found it. Please research campgrounds before visiting. Rules and regulations may have changed since we stayed there.