The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

May 4, 2013

Guntersville State Park campground to reopen


The News Courier

— More than two years after the campground at Lake Guntersville State Park was destroyed by a tornado, the facility will reopen this month.

The public is invited to celebrate the grand reopening of the campground at 11 a.m.  on May 18 at the state park. A ceremonial tree planting will kick off the celebration.

Once a shady haven, the April 2011 tornado toppled or severely damaged most of the trees in the area. Park officials hope that the campground’s refurbishment will make it a favorite place once again.

“The most devastating damage to the park was in the campground, specifically to the trees,” said Alabama State Parks Director Greg Lein. “We have planted more than 450 oaks and maples throughout the campground. While it may seem a little stark right now, those trees will soon fill out and I think our visitors will be pleased with the effort we’ve made to restore the campground.”