This peaceful campground was our first Army Corps of Engineer park and we loved it! Don’t let the name fool you–these parks are open to the public even though they are managed by the Army Corps of Engineers. Many are rustic, but this campground in North Montgomery, Alabama had full hook-ups and was situated along a river.
The terrific thing about this location is that it was only 10 miles from downtown Montgomery, but you’d never know it! Gunter Hill Campground offers a peaceful scene of trees and nature on the backwaters of the Alabama River. All of the large sites in the Catoma Loop are paved. The back-in sites are wooded and provide plenty of shade. Many even have a view of the river.
All Catoma Loop RV sites also have water, electric, and sewer hook-ups as well. However, the connections are all the way at the rear of the site, so if you have a lengthy RV be sure you have a long enough power and water cord. Ours was just long enough to make it!
Each site also had a fire ring and picnic table in a gravel area just off the pavement.
As you can see in the video linked above, the Catoma Loop has two bathhouses with private showers, two small playgrounds, and a laundry room. While you can see the river from the campground, there is no swimming area. There is a boat launch ramp on the day use side of the park.
You can make reservations online or using the Recreation.gov app. I especially like using this site because if there is not a site available when you want it, you can see when the next availability is. You can also see the specific sites that are available on a map view. Each one has a photo of the site, as well as the site length.
There is a lot to do and see in the Montgomery area. We were only there a short time and visited the downtown and State Capital areas. We also paid a visit to a new museum that just opened in 2018, The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration. We were moved by the multi-media exhibits and displays that dramatize the enslavement of African Americans, the evolution of racial terror lynchings, legalized racial segregation and racial hierarchy in America. We highly recommend purchasing a combination ticket for the museum and the nearby National Memorial for Peace and Justice. It’s the nation’s first memorial dedicated to the legacy of people terrorized by lynching between 1877 and 1950 and was very moving. Since it was a very hot day, we drove between the two, although they are only a little over a mile a part.
If you’re interested in learning about some other Civil Rights museums we’ve visited in the South, see the following articles:
National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN
Civil Rights Sites in Atlanta, GA
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