From parks and playgrounds to lakes and golf courses, Jasper and Walker County offer a host of outdoor recreation experiences
Walker County is beautiful on the outside, especially for fresh-air enthusiasts looking to enjoy the area’s many recreation opportunities.
Spacious recreation spots in Walker County include 12th Avenue Dog Park, Dora Municipal Park, Parrish Municipal Park, James A. Cox Park and North Jasper Park. Memorial Park is Jasper’s oldest and largest outdoor venue. It offers an ADA-compliant accessible A.P.E.X. playground, softball and t-ball fields, a mile-long outdoor walking track, outdoor swimming pools, a gymnasium and a soccer field. One of the city’s newest parks, North Jasper Park is located in the Farmstead community and features a paved walking trail, disc golf course and dog park.
The rock bridge along Town Creek was built in the 1930s as a WPA project, but is now a walking trail and a major highlight of Town Creek Park. Town Creek also features a flower garden and golf course for beginners. A.P. Howell Park, also known as Coke Oven Park, features a baseball/softball field, tennis court, basketball courts, a splash pad and playground for kids. At Gamble Park, amenities include a walking track, playground and a creek that runs through the terrain. Renovations funded by the state help preserve the park’s natural wetland areas.
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.
The 163-acre Walker County Lake offers some of the best fishing in central Alabama. Stocked with catfish and bass, fishing on the lake is especially good in early spring and summer. The lake’s recreation area also features a dock and boat launch, country store for bait and picnic areas.
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 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. The A.P.E.X. (Accessible Playground Extreme Experience) playground in Jasper’s Memorial Park also features accessible equipment, such as ramps, high-back swings and transfer stations on slides. The playground’s smooth surface allows for easy wheelchair access and is soft and resilient for children with mobility limitations.
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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