Date of Stay: April 20 through 24, 2010.
Weather During Stay: Very mild, pleasant, sunny spring weather, until the last day – when the weather turned “severe” with thunderstorms and possible tornados in the forecast.
Site Description: Monte Sano state park campground has a mix of primitive and developed sites. Of the 89 developed sites, 19 are FHU with 30/50 amps; the remaining 70 have 30 amp E and water. Most sites can accommodate large rigs - sufficiently long AND sufficiently level. All sites have picnic tables and fire rings.
The campground is heavily forested. Roads are paved, sites are gravel. Each loop has a bathhouse with showers. There is an on-site host, a playground, and a dump station. Access to the campground is controlled by a gate with a combination keypad.
Rate: Rates here vary by day of the week, utilities, and convenience (pull-throughs cost more than back-ins). Seniors get a 15% discount. We stayed in a 50 amp FHU back-in for three weekdays, 2 weekend days, and got the senior discount, paying $106 plus change for 5 nights.
Phone/radio/TV: Very weak, spotty Verizon service meant phone calls and internet access was unreliable or non-existent. Heavy forest meant trouble for our roof-mounted TV satellite, but we received half a dozen stations on antenna. NPR is available on 89.3.
Elevation/Landscape/Terrain: Though the campground is flat, it’s hilltop location requires a climb up a winding road. Heavy forest provides privacy and shade in the campsites. Our view is of trees and a few neighboring RV’s.
Lighting/Noise: Very dark, very quiet at night.
Hiking/Walking: This park has 21 miles of trails, from easy to strenuous - plenty of good walking or mountain biking.
Comments: The campground is just a small part of this large park, which includes a large picnic area, a stone lodge building, several trailhead parking lots, a viewpoint that is part of the Alabama Birding Trail, and 14 rustic cabins with screened porches, A/C, and great views. Conveniently located to downtown Huntsville.