The Southern Glamper: Deerlick Creek Campground Review

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Deerlick Creek Campground Review

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Deerlick Creek Campground has plenty of amenities to keep the camper busy in nature but close to the action of the University of Alabama nearby.
 In the heart of SEC country where the tide rolls, is a Corps of Engineers Campground.  Tuscaloosa, Alabama is the home of Deerlick Creek.  This shady park has friendly staff and well-managed grounds.  If you are looking for a quiet spot to relax and camp but still be close to the action of a college town, this is the perfect spot for you!



The view from our campsite was lush and green.


Camp Sites

Deerlick Creek has 46 camping sites within the park.
  • 40 campsites can accommodate campers and RVs - $26 per night
  • 6 sites are only for tents - $20 a night
All sites have both electric and water.  There are 3 sites within the park that have sewer.  These are sites 4, 6, and 7.  However, there is a centrally located dump station, that campers can utilize if you are not on a sewer site.



There are 4 main loops within the campground.  
  1. Settler's Camp - Tent Camping Sites
  2. Tall Pines Loop
  3. River Bluff Loop
  4. Laurel Ridge Loop
A site on the Tall Pines Loop.  The sites are paved and level.  This loop doesn't offer the decks that the Laurel Ridge Loop has, but the sites are still nice and spacious.

The sites for tent campers were also large and well maintained.

We stayed in the Laurel Ridge Loop and felt like this loop had the best sites.  This loop has large decks and plenty of space to spread out.  We were on site 18 that was recommended to us, and I felt like it was an excellent spot.

The River Bluff Loop has beautiful views of the water, however, it was also steep and would be more difficult to get into the spots.  I would not have wanted to maneuver into these.  I'll be the first to admit what a terrible driver I am.  I could not manage to turn a camper around on this little cul de sac.  

The pull-through sites on the Tall Pines and Laurel Ridge Loops are perfect for larger rigs.  Every site is paved and very level.  Even the tent sites were really nice and well maintained.

Each site comes fully equipped with a fire ring, picnic table, grill, and lantern pole. We enjoyed being able to spread out and take advantage of these features.  I used our grill to set up our dutch oven to cook dinner on Saturday night while we were there.

The grills located at each site were in excellent shape for preparing meals.


Facilities

We found the bathhouses to be clean and well kept.  While they are older, they are in excellent shape.  There is also a laundry room that is available for campers.

The bathhouses are small but clean.

There are plenty of hooks for hanging your toiletries in the shower areas.

We also noted that as campers checked out of their spots that the camp host came around and blew off the spots and ensured that everything was clean for the next guests.  The staff was visible throughout our stay, and this is usually always a good sign.  Trash was always picked up throughout the campground.

Amenities

If you are looking for activities to keep you engaged while you are there, the campground offers access to boating docks and fishing.  There is also a swim beach that is open seasonally.  You can also take advantage of hiking and biking.  We also discovered paved walking trails.  We enjoyed biking along the camping loops for fun.  It was an excellent way to spend time together.

The swim beach area has a shower area to clean off before leaving.

Deerlick Creek swim beach area is open seasonally.

The trails are well marked with the trees identified for hikers.

The paved walking and biking trail.


Other Campground Information

The campground itself does not sell firewood.  They will allow you to pick up and burn whatever is on the ground.  This did not work out for us since it had been raining quite a bit prior to our arrival.  However, you can purchase firewood from Publix on your way into the campground or other local stores.  Keep in mind that you shouldn't bring firewood from other states and far distances.

Deerlick Creek in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.


Deerlick Creek Campground is about 30 minutes from town, so you are several minutes from restaurants and stores.  I recommend picking up the items you need before you arrive.  Otherwise, you are going to be driving quite a bit for simple errands.

The picnic tables and decks in the Laurel Ridge Loop at Deerlick Creek give lots of additional space for meals.

If you are looking for things to do offsite, Tuscaloosa and Northport do have activities and attractions.  Check for seasonal activities or ask the park staff.  They are more than willing to help.  I would recommend:

Tuscaloosa Farmers Market - Open Year Around on Saturdays
Children Hands-on Museum
Kentuck Art Festival - Each October in Northport

Of course, you could easily stay at this park for an Alabama football weekend.  I would say the beauty would be well worth the drive.  We really enjoyed our stay for Easter Weekend.  And, we plan to return for another trip sometime in the near future.

To find out about other campgrounds where we have camped, visit my interactive Camping Map.  I have links to all of my camp reviews from there. 

Until next time...



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