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Eleven Alabama state parks have been awarded the 2016 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. The award celebrates establishments that provide excellent guest experiences and consistently achieve positive reviews on the TripAdvisor website.

De Soto State Park, Alabama

For the third consecutive year, Alabama State Parks has been recognised by TripAdvisor for excellence in providing lodging, access to nature and outdoor activities. This year the parks system received 17 awards, an increase from 11 in 2015.

2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Awards for Alabama State Parks

(Park name or attraction and award name)
• Cathedral Caverns – State Parks
• Cheaha - State Parks
• Chewacla - State Parks
• DeSoto - State Parks (see photo above)
• DeSoto Falls - Mountains, Nature and Wildlife Areas
• Gulf - Campgrounds
• Gulf - State Parks
• Gulf Adventure Center at Gulf State Park (zip line concessionaire) - Zip Line Adventures
• Gulf State Park Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail - Trails
• Gulf State Park Pier - Piers and Boardwalks
• Joe Wheeler - State Parks
• Lake Guntersville - State Parks
• Lake Guntersville Lodge - Lodging
• Lakepoint - State Parks 
• Monte Sano - State Parks
• Oak Mountain - State Parks 
• Wind Creek - State Parks
“Over the last three years several of our parks have received an increasing number of excellence awards from TripAdvisor,” said Rob Grant, Assistant Director of Alabama State Parks. “We are extremely proud that our customers regard these state parks in such a consistently positive manner. The entire parks division deeply appreciates our staff, park volunteers and the customers who make these awards possible.”
Alabama State Parks also encourages visitors at its smaller parks to post their observations and experiences on TripAdvisor.  
“We hope to use these recent awards as examples at some of our smaller parks,” Grant said. “The more our customers at the smaller parks share their positive experiences the better off the entire park system will be.”
To learn more about TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence and read traveller reviews of Alabama’s state parks, visit To plan your next Alabama State Parks adventure visit
For Alabama State Parks photos, click here.
The Alabama State Parks Division relies on visitor fees and the support of other partners like local communities to fund the majority of their operations. To learn more about Alabama State Parks, visit

For an Alabama information pack, including State Park information, email

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