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Monte Sano State Park

Huntsville, Alabama


5105 Nolen Ave SE
Huntsville, Alabama 35801
Phone: Click to view

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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40 Reviews

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2019 - $33.00
Overall Rating:

Very tight for a 40 ft motorhome. Nice view from ridge edge. Very forested, no chance for satellite signal. Verizon and AT&T signal was weak but available. Don't use your GPS to get here. Use the directions on the website. We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
10
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There is a Japanese garden walk by the office.

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

Date of Stay: August, 2019 - $37.00
Overall Rating:

Great place with very friendly people!! Highly recommend and will definitely be back. Nice sized pull throughs, nice trails, and little camping area with each site. We were traveling with our 42 ft. 5th wheel. We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
Site 14
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2019 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

Really enjoyed our stay, very nice park with awesome park staff. Facilities were very clean and maintained well. The downside is there are only a few full hookups and the sites with hookups are not the ones with mountain views. This would be the most gorgeous park in the fall to see the foliage off the mountain. We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
56
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Huntsville is an awesome area and many things to do.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2019 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

This is a great park for children. Our granddaughter enjoyed the layout and especially the deer that visited us twice a day on their strolls through the park. The heavily wooded park is picturesque and quiet. The drive up and down the mountain is pretty and easy. We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

The camp store is not very large, nor stocked with much more than ice, soft drinks and ice cream. Make last minute purchases before heading up the mountain.

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

Date of Stay: June, 2019 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

Nice clean family campground. Sites are spaced for privacy. Would return if we return to the area. Follow the route suggested by the website. There are some FHU sites available. The site we had was not. There are 2 dump stations on the way out. We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
14
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: April, 2019 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Great State Park - exceeded expectations. Our site was large, level and private. Easy to back in. Lots of shade, lots of nice hiking trails on the grounds, lots to do and see without leaving the park, and lots to do in Huntsville as well. We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
31
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Huntsville Botanical Gardens, great BBQ at Dreamland (recommended by the Park Staff).

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: April, 2019 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice state park up on a mountain and very woodsy. The staff was very professional and accommodating. This was an unexpected stop due to rain storms. We were pleased with the sites being well drained. In between the rainfall we were able to explore the park and find beautiful view over Huntsville. We camped in a 33' motorhome. We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
11 back in
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
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Review Count: 62
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: November, 2018 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Campground in State Park located in the hills above Huntsville, AL. We stayed in space 75 - FHU and Level!! Cell service and OTA was OK, No dish due to trees. There was a washer and dryer in the restrooms that worked great. In the park there is a Japanese Tea Garden to walk through, as well as a nice North Plateau Trail that was a nice mix of forest and scenic vistas. Plenty of stores down the hill in Huntsville to restock at. We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
75
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Take a stroll through the Japanese Tea Garden - located next to Park HQ.

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

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $31.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed one week in a 40 foot 5th wheel, spot #60 (Oct. 2018). This is a beautiful park with a friendly staff, well known for the abundance of wildlife- especially deer and birds. Please read our tip about GPS routing to the park.

The park has numerous hiking and biking trails- trail running is also popular in the park. The trails are in several sections, some of them are within the campground proper, the main trailheads are located a short distance from the camping are and a few of the connector trails can be accessed directly from the camping area. Another extensive set of trails are located on a land trust at the edge of the park. There is an old paved road that is now closed to traffic that allows easy access to the land trust without having to drive to them via Bankhead Dr.

The dump station is easy to access and well maintained. There is a lovely Japanese Tea Garden in the Park. One trail leads to an old fire tower that is fenced off, it was one used as a NASA observation station.

The park can get crowded on weekends, reservations for the best sites would probably need to be made well in advance. Most sites are 30 amp without sewer. We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Site Details

Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We used Waze GPS. We input Monte Sano State Park as our destination. The routing tried to take us to Bankhead Dr., which goes through a neighborhood (low tree branch’s) and up a length restricted road. This no longer the entrance to the park and has not been the correct route for many years! Luckily we saw the sign.

The correct route is Governor’s Blvd. which is a direct exit off the Expressway. From Governor’s you turn onto Nolen. Which is a straight shot into the park.

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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

This was a great park. Staff was very friendly and made check in easy. This was my Grandparents favorite campground when i was a little kid, and now I know why. It was clean, quite, and the sites were level and had plenty of room. We had deer walking in our campsite and down the road. Definitely worth the stay if you are in the Huntsville area. We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
81
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Our first stay at Monte Santo in a 30ft Class A. The staff was friendly and accommodating. When a change of plans allowed for an extra night, they carefully explained we would have to move across the street as the space was rented for the last night. No problem. They were fascinated that I wasn't upset. They took care of all the paperwork for both sites in advance! The facilities were much better than other State Parks we have stayed in. Plenty of hot water and pressure. Always clean. The park also features a scenic overlook, guided hikes, plenty of hiking trails, the North Alabama Japanese Garden, a huge playground near the lodge as well as smaller ones in the campground. This campground featured "Y" side-by-side campsites which would put you very close to someone you didn't know or would be great for a two-family outing. Just be aware. We experienced a tire issue while sitting still in the campground. The repair service arrived on time and got down to one last detail, but lacked a 9/16 socket. Yep, the camp host had one and gladly loaned it! We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
77
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Space and Rocket Center is a must. Ask for site 75, probably the best in the park.

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

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

This is our go to local park. It is always significantly cooler than the surrounding area due to being on mountain and very shaded. There are a few full hook-up sites. Unfortunately, the secret of this jewel has gotten out so you need to book a couple of weeks ahead. Book your reservation well in advance. Even though your site may have a 50 amp plug-in, there are no 50 amp sites in the park. Also, the WiFi and cellular capabilities are almost nonexistent. We’ve found that sites numbered in the low 60s seem to have better cell signal than the others We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

This park had great spacing between sites, as well as level sites. You drive through several neighborhoods on your way to the park. Host at late arrival was helpful, but maybe more signage needed to know he's at the first RV site to your left when you park near campground office. Good water pressure, good electric, and very convenient to Huntsville. (Use Governor's Drive. The other route, Bankhead Parkway, has two many hairpin turns.) We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $31.00
Overall Rating:

One of the most beautiful sites we have camped in. We were there in mid-October for peak leaf change. We had deer wandering around after dusk. Easy check in, easy back in site. I would like to see better signage as you approach the campground. I was totally dependent on my GPS until just a mile or two from the state park and my GPS has been known to be wrong. We will be back! We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful Park atop 1600 +mesa. Many trails to explore. The only negative is that the city of Huntsville adds a 12percent lodging tax and a 3percent resort tax. This is added to a base price of approximately $26.00. This is not the fault of the park. Just remember the base price is going to be about 15 percent extra. We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Tent Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
14
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my tent trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Monte Sano is within the city limits of a city of about 180000 people. So there is a lot to do.

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