Where Alabama Began!
Based on Governor Ivey's June 30th continuation of the "Safer at Home" statewide health order, the St. Stephens Historical Park will remain open for general recreational use, but the beach is only open from 11AM - 5PM for overnight lodging guests and annual pass holders. The playground areas are closed.
The park store is closed, but we are returning messages and reservation requests left at 251-247-2622.
Please pay admission in the Honor Box at the front gate and remember to follow the guidelines for social distancing.
St. Stephens Historical Park is a state park designated to preserve the history of the Territorial Capital of Alabama. Our park grounds include remains of the original town of St. Stephens which experienced its heyday from 1799-1829. We also have a 70 acre quarry lake and over 15 miles of trails for hiking and horseback riding. Lodging options include 9 cabins, over 40 RV sites, and primitive camping sites.
The town site of historic Old St. Stephens is one of the greatest archaeological assets in the state of Alabama. Because the town was abandoned and remained virtually undisturbed for over 100 years, the area will provide unprecedented glimpses into the lives of pioneer Alabamians in the early 1800s. The town is an active archaeological site. Regular digs are held and are open to the general publc. Tours are available, and the St. Stephens Museum is open on Thursdays from 10AM - 2PM.
The centerpiece of the recreational park is our 70 acre quarry lake. We have a sandy beach with a shallow section for children and a "bottomless" deep end for mature swimmers. We have over 15 miles of trails for hiking and horseback riding. Fishing from the bank or from one of our rental boats is a great way to spend a day. We have boat launches that access our lake and the Tombigbee River. An 18-hole disc golf course was added to the park in 2018.