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Monte Sano State Park

Huntsville, Alabama


5105 Nolen Ave SE
Huntsville, Alabama 35801
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Sites: 89
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 34.74444
Longitude: -86.51756

Elevation: 1624' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball no
  • Water Access Water Access no

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76 Reviews

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: September, 2009 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

A pass code is required to enter the gated RV park. The RV park was well kept, and the staff were helpful, and nice. There is a nice playground for the children in Monte Sano Park, and a very small one in the RV park as well. The overlooks are nice, and the weather is cooler on Monte Sano than it is in downtown Huntsville, which is nice during the summer. The park is convenient to the city, and close to Huntsville Hospital. We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 97
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

Very scenic park on top of a mountain. Have stayed here several times and still enjoy visiting this park. The kids enjoyed the planetarium on the weekend and the playground area. Lots of scenic hiking trails and wildlife. We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2009 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

This is a beautiful campground that has the best of both worlds! You can stay in the park the whole time and enjoy wonderful hiking, great family bike trails (or harder if you prefer), and an awesome playground. Or: you can stay here and be minutes away from all there is to see and do in the Huntsville area. The sites themselves are very roomy and separated nicely from each other. The campground has lots of trees and is fairly level, no matter what site you are in. Unlike many other state parks, the sites are large and can accommodate bigger RVs. One word of caution. Many GPS units have you enter the park from a direction that takes you up a long and steep mountain. You should enter the park via US 431. We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2009 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Located on top of Alabama mountain, nice staff with large sites. Great stop for a few days while kids go to space camp. We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: December, 2008 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

There is plenty room between sites. The site was level and well maintained. The park was very quiet and almost empty due to the time of year. I could not get a satellite signal due to the amount of trees covering over our site. We will return and stay again. We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 64
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2008 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

We spent a few days here, seeing the Rocket Center and the mansion down the hill from the park, both well worth the visits. The park is very well done, with spectacular overlooks from a road near the campground. Be careful of ticks this year in the grasses and woods around the campground. If you like hiking/walking, there is a very good paved road leading from the overlook parking area for about a mile or so with a good but gentle grade. It's the old road into the park which is now closed. We liked the park and would stay there again. We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2008 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This is a very nice/rustic campground on top of Monte Sano mountain in Huntsville, Alabama. The sites are varied from small to quite spacious. There is a limited number of full-hookup sites available, so you need to get there early to snag one of those sites. There seems to be a movement to update the campground if the state will release some money and if that happens, we were told that all sites would be full hookup and many improvements would be made. This is a nice campground for a quiet weekend. Huntsville is minutes away, and there is plenty to do up at the state park. We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2008 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

Monte Sano State Park sits on a high Plateau above Huntsville, Alabama. It is a lovely campground with nicely spaced campsites and numerous hiking trails. The internal one way roads are asphalt. Most sites are back-ins. Only 9 have full hook-ups, and these are first come first served. Reservations can be made for a campsite in general with water/electric service (30 and 50 amp). Once you arrive you pick a specific site and can switch to a full hook-up site if one is available. Primitive sites are also available with no hook-ups. Security is excellent with a coded entry gate. If you arrive after 5pm, you can check in with the camp hosts in the first RV past the security gate. A camp store is available with some basic necessities for sale. On the back side of this building are clean laundry facilities with 4 washer and 4 dryers. This is a popular campground and is very full on week-ends. Be sure you approach the campground from the right direction. A GPS will likely bring you by way of Washington Street to Pratt Avenue onto a steep winding road with 30’ length restrictions. We made it only because God answered prayers and protected us when we had to swing into the other traffic lane. Moments after we got back into our own lane, a delivery truck came barreling around the next curve coming too fast to have stopped. . The correct approach is from Highway 431 onto Monte Sano Blvd. This is still a steep winding approach, but the turns are not nearly as sharp and are manageable. Plenty of shopping is within a 5-6 mile driving distance. One of the main near-by attractions is the US Space & Rocket Center. We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2007 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

We really enjoyed this park. There are a lot of trees; therefore, there is plenty of shade. We saw a lot of people with pets. The only complaint we have is that they do not enforce the speed limit throughout the campground. There are no speed bumps through the campground so vehicles traveled very fast! I actually feared for my kids that were riding their bikes. The couple that ran the front gate were very friendly and helpful. They drive throughout the campground frequently and keep everything under control. The campground was very quiet, peaceful, and very neat. I would give it a "10" if it not for the speeding traffic. We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2006 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

The reason for the low rating is some sites had problem with electricty. They had three sites hooked up to a 100 amp fuse which kept triping causing lose of power to the sites. It appears the fuses and wiring were old and needed to be updated. I and several others found the road signs hard to find/read. Host was outstanding. Country store very limited supplies. Sites were nice and large enough. Should be a nice campground for use during the fall. We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2006 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

We camped here for Mother's Day weekend. The campsites are nicely wooded and not so "open". Some of the campfire pits were close to the road but we found one that wasn't. The bathrooms are not new but they could not have been any cleaner! I used the bathhouse rather than my camper most of the time. The big playground was awesome and my kids loved it. We did a little mountain biking. Trails vary from very easy to advanced. The views are breath-taking. I live only 30 minutes from Monte Sano. This was my first camping trip. For a short trip, we'll come back here often. It was the nicest state park I've seen in Alabama. We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 170
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: April, 2006 - $16.00
Overall Rating:

This is a very large park at 2340 acres on top of a mountain east of Huntsville. Roads are blacktop with gravel sites. Sites are very nice and close to level. Lots of trees, sat. TV systems will not work here. At check in parking lot is a little small for large motorhomes. Park has nice cabins to rent. Park is noise free, very nice. We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 39
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: October, 2005 - $16.00
Overall Rating:

This was our first time to Monte Sano and we really enjoyed the park. The hiking was wonderful. There are all kinds of trails from easy to very difficult. We tried all of them except the very difficult. At this time FEMA has set up approx 20 TT for evacuees from hurricane Katrina at the park. The evacuees are allowed to live in the TTs for 18 months. I was concerned before going to the park, but I was very surprised. All were families. The kids went off to school and most parents went off to work. All were kind and grateful for a place to stay. The restrooms were clean. Some of the shower curtains were mildewed and need to be replaced. We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2005 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

We liked this campground. Quiet, spread out, shaded, cool, mostly bug free. 30 Amp and 2 120v outlets, water. There is a nice playground but it?s a good hike/ride away. Bathhouse was cleaned daily and we not bad at all. Sites well spaced and level made of crushed gravel. Fire pit with grill cover for cooking. No wood for sale. There is a little store with basic supplies, but closes at 5:00 PM. One of our favorites campsites. Hiking trails over the mountain, some great views. Everyone is very nice. Large and small seemed welcome. Controlled well with the gate entrance. Some long-term setups but they never seemed to be there. Good over air TV with all three networks close by. We have camped there three times in a Pop-up. We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 213
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: April, 2005 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

Sites nice and wide, pretty level and not stacked on top of each other, lots of trees, plants and birds. Close to shopping and services, roads leading to the park are a bit steep and curvy in sections but very doable in our 30 ft class A. Loved the nightime views of Huntsville from the campsite. Unfortunately bathrooms/showers and laundry were rather shabby and not overly clean. Dump station was easy to get in to and out of but water was not working when we were there. Overall we had a good experience, loved the location and the views and would stay here again. We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Motorhome.

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