Monte Sano State Park RV & Campground Guide
The summit of Monte Sano Mountain is divided into two Alabama state entities. On the west side is Monte Sano Nature Preserve, which runs down the west slope and serves as a backdrop for Huntsville, AL, immediately west of the mountain. The eastern section is Monte Sano State Park, a 2,140-acre area that runs from the top down the mountain's east slope. In the 19th century, the mountain drew diphtheria, cholera, and yellow fever sufferers to a sanitarium perched on the summit. In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) renovated the remains of the sanitarium and built cabins, trails, and overlooks to take advantage of the incredible views of the Tennessee Valley 300 feet below the mountain's summit. Today, the state park draws visitors from many sections of the country, including such urban areas as Chattanooga, TN, and Birmingham, AL.
RV Resorts & Campsites in Monte Sano State Park
The roads leading to Monte Sano State Park are perfect for using an RV during a family camping trip. With several RV parks on or near Monte Sano Mountain, there are plenty of camping sites to park your RV and explore the area. The mountain is riddled with wonderful hiking trails that lead to the incredible views at the top of the mountain or overlooks along the way where you can find ideal picnicking spots. Look to the RVshare Huntsville, AL, site to find an appropriate RV to rent.
Monte Sano State Park Campground
Monte Sano State Park Campground offers 89 RV campsites ranging from full hookup to primitive. Of those sites, four are pull-throughs, with the remaining requiring you to back your rig into place. The park offers ADA access to its facilities. Trails wander up and down the mountain, providing incredible views of the surrounding tree-covered hills that appear to go on forever. A playground is available for children.
- Water hookup: Yes
- Electric hookup: 30 amps
- Sewer hookup: Yes
- Wi-Fi available: No
- Pet-friendly: Yes
- Other amenities: Restrooms with flush toilets, fire rings, picnic tables, warm showers, dump station, laundry facility
- Fee: $27 to $29 per night
Parnell Creek RV Park
If you are looking for an RV campground with more amenities, drive 25 miles southeast to find the Parnell Creek RV Park. The park offers 46 RV campsites, 33 of which are pull-throughs. Rigs as long as 55 feet can find spaces here with plenty of room to spread out. A camp store provides emergency RV supplies, firewood, ice, groceries, and much more. Upon arrival, visitors are escorted to their campsite to ensure they receive the full amenities allowed them. Cable TV is available for all campers. A large playground and swimming pool are on the premises, together with a game room and horseshoe pits.
- Water hookup: Yes
- Electric hookup: 30/50 amps
- Sewer hookup: Yes
- Wi-Fi available: Yes
- Pet-friendly: Yes
- Other amenities: Restrooms with flush toilets, warm showers, fire rings, picnic tables, dump station, laundry facilities
- Fee: $29 to $33 per night
Quail Creek RV Resort
Quail Creek RV Resort is located 35 miles southwest of Monte Sano State Park. The resort provides 28 RV campsites, 23 of which are pull-throughs. These campsites are 30 or more feet in width and 95 feet long, providing plenty of space for families to spread out. The RV park is part of the Quail Creek Resort, which includes a golf course, putting green, driving range, frisbee golf course, an exercise room, and a swimming pool. All RV campers who stay at this park are, effectively, temporary members of the resort and the golf club. Golf carts are available to rent, and firewood, ice, and groceries can be purchased at the welcome center. RV campers are welcome to hike the nature trails that run throughout the resort.
Water hookup: Yes
Electric hookup: 30/50 amp
Sewer hookup: Yes
Wi-Fi available: No
Other amenities: Restrooms with flush toilets, warm showers, fire rings, picnic tables, dump station, laundry facility
Fee: $35 per night
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What to Do at
Monte Sano State Park
Inside Monte Sano State Park
The term "Monte Sano" is Spanish for "Mountain of Health." Today, that term is translated to include the spiritual health that all visitors find when they visit Monte Sano State Park. Walking beneath a canopy of hardwoods like Sugar Maple, visitors discover a high level of tranquility in this park. Whether you hike, seek wildflowers, or are determined to spy colorful birds, this park never disappoints.
Outside Monte Sano State Park
With Huntsville (Rocket City) sitting on the front porch, there is a wealth of things to do beyond the park's borders. A large urban area like Huntsville supports various restaurants that offer diverse cuisine choices for any visitor. Shops both large and small beckon to every passerby with a significant mix of products. Museums, family-fun places, and several parks appeal to anyone who visits the area.
At Hildegard's German Cuisine, the meats are hand-trimmed, and the potatoes are peeled, boiled, and mashed in the restaurant. You will not find any "instant" ingredients here. Try their sauerbraten or the flasher hase for meals worth remembering.
Location: 2357 Whitesburg Drive SE, Huntsville, AL 35801
Try the Po Boy Factory when you are looking for something different. This restaurant specializes in freshwater fish and seafood presented uniquely. There are not many restaurants brave enough to offer gator as the main entrée.
Type: American, Seafood
Location: 815 Andrew Jackson Way NE, Huntsville, AL 35801
Cotton Row focuses on presenting imaginative choices for meals influenced by French and Southern cuisines. Many consider this restaurant as a fine-dining experience. Their menu includes such dishes as butter braised Maine lobster tail and seared Hudson Valley foie gras.
Type: American, French
Location: 100 Southside Square, Huntsville, AL 35801
Trade Fair Market Place is the first and only non-profit fair-trade enterprise in Alabama. Their shelves are filled with handcrafted items from more than 30 emerging nations worldwide. The artists are paid a fair wage for their unique pieces created from ingredients peculiar to their part of the world, allowing them to make a living wage.
Location: 817 Regal Drive SW, Suite A, Huntsville, AL 35801
Rivenbark and Roper Antiques is an upscale antique shop that offers American, French, and British antiques created by artisans during the 18th century through the 20th century. They also import Japanese and Chinese porcelain, silver items, and fine paintings found worldwide.
Location: 313 Jefferson Street N, Suite 111, Huntsville, AL 35801
At the U.S. Space and Rocket Center the entire family gets to experience life in space. Through virtual technology, kids and adults can blast from Earth in a shuttle, live in the space station, and walk on Mars. Other interesting venues include a "sea trek," virtual reality snorkeling, and an intuitive planetarium.
Location: 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805
The Huntsville Botanical Garden sits on 112 acres in the center of Huntsville. The garden features Alabama's native plants, areas filled with exotic plants found worldwide, and the nation's largest free-air butterfly house. A visit to this garden is refreshing in many ways.
Location: 4747 Bob Wallace Avenue SW, Huntsville, AL 35805
How to Get to
Monte Sano State Park
The nearest urban center to Monte Sano State Park is Huntsville, AL. The distance is short but can be complicated. To get to the park from downtown Huntsville, head northeast from Sunnyside Square toward Eastside Square. The road name quickly changes to Eustis Avenue SE. Drive Eustis Avenue for 0.6 miles and then turn left onto California Street SE. In 0.2 miles, California Street becomes Andrew Jackson Way. Go on Andrew Jackson Way for another 0.2 miles and turn right onto Pratt Avenue NE. In 0.7 miles, the road name changes to Bankhead Parkway. Drive Bankhead Parkway for 2.7 miles and bear right onto Fearn Street SE. Go on Fearn Street for 0.6 miles and turn left onto Nolen Avenue SE. After driving for 0.9 miles, turn right and go for 0.1 miles. Enter the roundabout and turn to the right to enter Monte Sano State Park.
Entering Monte Sano State Park
Monte Sano State Park is a day-use area that is open year-round from 8 a.m. to sunset.
Entry fee (ages 12-61) : $5
Entry fee (ages 4-11 and 62+) : $2
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