Where to Next? Meaher State Park, Spanish Fort, AL
On Tuesday, we left Lakeside RV Resort around 10:30 am headed further east towards Spanish Fort, AL (slightly east of Mobile) where we would stay at Meaher State Park. As we left, we asked ourselves the usual question – would we want to stay at Lakeside again? Although it was an OK park for an overnight stop and on paper had lots of amenities, it wasn’t the type of park that we enjoy and we thought it was too pricey. So the answer to the question was no.
Meaher State Park is approximately 181 miles from Livingston so we would be on the road for at least 2-1/2 hours, depending on the number of breaks we took. After we left the park, we got on I-12E/I10E, heading towards Mobile. After 176 miles, we took exit 30, Battleship Parkway, then took a right on Five Rivers Boulevard and a right into the entrance to Meaher.
While we were at the Gulf State Park in March we had to drive to Mobile to pick up a FedEx package. On our way back, we drove through Meaher to see what it was like. Wooded with many sites right on the water and plenty of space between. Our friends from Texas had stayed here on their way back home and really liked it. We made a reservation at Meaher for two nights.
When we checked in, the staff member asked us if we would like a site on the water. Of course, what a silly question! Guess it was our lucky day! We were assigned site #33. He also mentioned there are prolific sugar ants here but due to the chilly weather and our short stay that shouldn’t be an issue for us.
With 1,327 acres situated in the wetlands of Mobile Bay, Meaher State Park has 56 new campsites (back in and pull thrus) with full hook ups (water, sewer and 20/30/50 amp electrical), new bath/laundry facilities, a boat ramp and fishing pier and two nature trails, one with a boardwalk with an up close view of the Mobile Delta. Campsites are $34 per night with a 15% discount for seniors.
From our campsite you could see I-10 off in the distance. Although it is heavily traveled, the traffic noise was relatively faint and not disturbing.
After we settled in, we enjoyed a conversation with our next door neighbors Howard and Marilyn who were from Michigan, returning to Meaher each winter. When we asked them about restaurants in the area, they said they thought most of them were good except for the Blue Gill. When we exited I-10 we noticed a place called Lap’s which was a restaurant, gift shop, market and bait shop all rolled into one. They were displaying a banner indicating they now served breakfast so we figured we would give them a try in the morning. After talking with Howard and Marilyn for about an hour, we took a walk down to the fish pier. That night we were treated to a pretty sunset.
The next day we had some plans to do some sightseeing so stay tuned!
Nice water pictures. The Beast looks good.
Love your blog and all the detail you provide! We’ve passed the sign for that campground so many times wondering what it was like. Great review and pictures. It would be hard to give up the price and centrality of Rainbow Plantation, but for the water view, it just might be worth it! We’re really enjoying your travels.
At Meaher SP now -last week of Mar 2016.
Well maintained park with easy setup. Be sure to tour Bellingrath Gardens nearby.
Thanks for the blog. We camp in the southeastern US and we’re right in your wheelhouse.
Thanks for the update on Meaher SP, good to know it is still well maintained and that you enjoyed your stay there. We toured Bellingrath Gardens and agree it is definitely a must see. Our time in the southeast is coming to a close as we’ll be leaving to head northward by the end of this week.
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