Jasper, AL, Recreation Overview
Walker County is beautiful on the outside, especially for fresh-air enthusiasts looking to enjoy the many recreation opportunities that exist.
Spacious recreation spots in Walker County include ball fields at such parks as Carver, Hollow Hills, James Fowler and Valley. Memorial Park is Jasper’s oldest and largest outdoor venue. It offers a playground, softball and t-ball fields, a mile-long outdoor walking track, outdoor swimming pools, a gymnasium and a soccer field. At Gamble Park, amenities include a walking track, playground and a creek that runs through the terrain.
Clear Creek Recreation Area covers 425 acres next to Smith Lake, with highlights such as waterfalls, high bluffs and white sandy beaches. Clear Creek’s lakefront location is great for boating, fishing and camping.
Sipsey Wilderness, with dozens of waterfalls and numerous trails, sits within the Bankhead National Forest and is a perfect place for hiking and camping.
George Lindsey Dream Field
George Lindsey Dream Field is a baseball diamond with rubber surface and inlaid bases that opened in Jasper in 2013 to accommodate special needs ballplayers of all ages. The facility is named for Jasper native George Lindsey, best known for his TV role as Goober Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show, and who raised more than $1 million during his life for Alabama Special Olympics.
Dizzy Dean State Champs
The 2013 Jasper Dizzy Dean All-Stars captured the Alabama baseball 12-and-under state championship and then finished runner-up to Tallahassee in the 2013 Dizzy Dean World Series in Mississippi. The Jasper squad of a dozen 12-year-old boys became the first baseball team from Jasper to ever make it to a World Series final.
“Adding together our area, district, state and World Series competitions, the Jasper All-Stars compiled an overall 15-1 record and outscored our opponents 144-35,” says Dell Green, head coach. “Jasper pitchers struck out 137 batters in 89 innings.”
A.P.E.X. (Accessible Playground Extreme Experience) offers modern playground equipment, a wooded walking trail, and a splash pad with more than 25 water sprayers and sun shades. Located next to the Jasper Natatorium, A.P.E.X. is situated in Memorial Park and open to kids of all ages and their parents.
Musgrove Country Club in Jasper features a challenging 18-hole course with bent grass greens, Bermuda fairways and two wooden swinging bridges across Blackwater Creek. Horse Creek Golf Course in Dora offers a scenic par 72, 18-hole layout covering 6,883 yards.
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