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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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Review Count: 50
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 4

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: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

We booked our reservation online... when we arrived our assigned site had no sewer even though we had booked a full hook up site. The staff was very accommodating and moved us to another site which did have sewer. We have Verizon service and our phones TV and hotspot had zero connection. We then thought we would go to the Overlook to see the view at night, as we were told it was an amazing sight unfortunately at 7 p.m. the gates were locked and there was no way to get to the Overlook. All of the trails also close 30 minutes before dark. Since we could not do anything after dark we decided to try to watch some TV using local channels, they were completely pixelated and unwatchable. We were scheduled to stay 4 days we are staying one night and leaving. I am not coming back to this park. Unless you want to hike during the day and sit in your campsite at night BTW the site seem short the only area there is to do anything is a small square gravel area, where the picnic table is otherwise it is full of leaves sticks underbrush and many areas of drop-off. Make sure to read comment about driving here..come in Governor Rd still a climb but not to bad. We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
77
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp

Campground Details

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

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: 81
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 33

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

Older State Park, but very well maintained and clean. There is a pretty good climb to the park (approx. 1.5 miles at 3-4%), but the top of the mountain is level and therefore bicycle friendly. The sites are generally level and spaced well. Site construction is gravel with a timber border. It rained during our stay, and our site (#69) briefly held water, but not a major problem. There are a few 50 amp sites with sewer, but most are 30 amp/water - check their online map. Lots of great trails for hiking and biking, and the BEST free trail maps I've ever seen at a park. Glossy, water resistant, large and clear. Trails are extremely well marked. There is an observatory and planetarium adjacent to the facility with Saturday night shows most of the year. The sites 44-57 back up to an overlook which is particularly impressive at night overlooking the lights of Huntsville. Be aware, sites 49, 51, 53, and 57 are double sites. The doubles sites are formed in a "V", and are tight for two campers, plenty big for one. The park is secure, with an automated access gate - code required. We saw many park maintenance vehicles, and security vehicles, circling the campground. There is an overlook adjacent to the campground area, but the view from the playground/picnic/amphitheater area is actually better. Camp store has ice, firewood is at the host's campsites (for sale). The main playground is not close to the campground - maybe 1/2 mile away, although there are several small playgrounds within the camping loops. Satellite reception is difficult in many sites because of the heavy tree canopy, but plenty of OTA TV channels. Interior roads are in good shape. There are no lights in the campground at night except at the bath houses. Most campsites are long enough for big rigs. We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
69
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
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Plenty of Huntsville restaurants of all types close by. Great location for attending events at the Von Braun Convention Center.

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Review Count: 21
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 3

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: 5

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: 76
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 23

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

Roads outside the park are a bit of a challenge with hills, narrow lanes, low hanging utility lines and tree limbs....and this is on the "easy" way in! But once you get there, the park is great. Interior roads are easy to navigate, and sites are angled for easy access. Utilities worked but our 30 amp connection had a loose ground wire and had to be repaired. Also, had to remove my Progressive EMS because of a grounding issue. Sites are good sized and placed so that you have some privacy. We was able to get satellite TV with our Traveller but the trees were just putting out their leaves. I doubt satellite would be possible in the summer, however, you can get some stations over the air out of Huntsville. Verizon service was spotty but we managed with our booster. We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
63
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
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 55
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

This park has full hook ups all the way down to primitive. Somewhere there is a site to fit your needs. Several loops that you can walk but this park has many hiking trails of varies skill levels. There is also an observatory in the park. Check the schedule for activities. Beautiful night lights of Huntsville as you walk the farthest loop. The roads up to the park are a little scary. Quite the climb on the road we brought our coach up on. There is also another road in coming from Huntsville that a big rig would be very challenged to make. There are warnings but what do you do if your GPS send you that way and you don't know. Thankfully, we did not have that issue. Just be warned. The park itself is very nice and we would definitely return. We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

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

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The botanical gardens was very nice. The Space Center is also not to be missed.

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Review Count: 49
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

Used this campground as a base of operations while visiting my daughter and granddaughter for two weeks. We ate a lot of hot dogs and schmors. Site 30 was a nice pull through FHU site. Site was level and right on the corner, so it was fun watching the world go by. Verizon work fine, both data and voice. ATT data okay, but phone required you to be outside the trailer for long conversations. The office staff could not have been nicer and more accommodating. We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
30
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
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
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

If you are more than 40 foot combined length, DO NOT USE the Bankhead Parkway access. Bankhead Parkway has two mean switch backs that will be a challenge for a long vehicle combo. Use Governor's Drive to Monte Sano Blvd to access the campground. If you need supplies, the Star Market at the foot of Bankhead Parkway is a really nice place to go.

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

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

This is a older state park that is beginning to show its age. It is in need of a few repairs. The park is in a great location. The sites are nice. We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
80
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
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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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: 58
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 13

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

The roads are asphalt and the sites are crushed stone. Full hook up is fine; water, sewer, and electric work fine. There is no cable and no wifi. You can pick up 4 or 5 tv stations with antenna. The sites are not close, plenty of room. The sites are fairly level and require only a little effort to level the unit. We stayed in site 30, a pull thru. The park is about 1600 feet above the city and it makes a great view of Huntsville at night. There is a planetarium adjacent to the park that is open on Saturday nights. On clear nights they allow visitors to look through the telescope. On the back side of the park there is a beautiful overlook of the mountains. There are plenty of hiking trails. It easy to get to the Marshall Space Flight Center from the park and 14 miles away is a beautiful nature center called Hays Nature Center. We would be happy to stay here again. Many people have rated this park and 8, but I list as a 7 since no concrete pads, no cable, no TV, no patio, and it is an older park, but clean. We camped at Monte Sano State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
30
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
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: 10
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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