Saturday, December 7, 2013

Montgomery, AL - 12/07/13

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Saturday – December 7, 2013
Montgomery, Alabama
Gunter Hill COE Campground

We spent a restful night at the Rickwood Cavern State Park in Warrior, Alabama. It rained throughout the night providing a soothing sound of cascading raindrops on the roof of our trailer. We departed the campground at 10:10 a.m. Our destination today is an Army Corp of Engineering (COE) campground near Montgomery, Alabama.

Well, it had to happen at some time or another. Our trusty GPS coordinates led us into a dead-end dirt road in Prattsville, Alabama. I had obtained the coordinates from Reserve America Online, prior to leaving home, and boy were they wrong. Now the fun part begins! We are on a narrow dirt road; the sides of the road are very muddy from all of the rain. I have to somehow turn around in this mess! Fortunately, there is a long entrance road to a home, quite a distance from the dirt road we are on. There is a fairly large circular area leading into the entrance road. Part of the circular area is quite muddy, which limits the space I have to turn around. After about 30 minutes of backing up and inching forward… SUCCESS! I finally get us turned around. This was one of the tightest spots we have gotten into in all of our travels. Somehow, we have been fortunate to always extricate ourselves from these mishaps.

With that Reserve America GPS fiasco behind us, I looked up the address to the campground on our smartphone, entered that address into our GPS and off we go! We arrived at the Gunter Hill Campground at 2:05 p.m., selected campsite 71 in the Catoma Loop of the campground and settled in to relax.

There are two campground loops in the Gunter Hill Campground: Antioch and Catoma. Antioch closes for the winter and reopens on March 1. Catoma is open all year. There are 146 total campsites, 71 in the Antioch Loop and 75 in the Catoma Loop. The Antioch Loop has gravel pads and the Catoma Loop has concrete pads. There are 57 sites with full hookups and 89 sites with electric and water hookups. Both loops have nicely appointed restroom facilities with flush toilets, hot showers and laundry facilities. There are two washers and dryers in each facility, $1.00 fee for each. There is a dump station in each campground loop.

Gunter Hill is a beautiful campground, with spacious campsites dispersed throughout an open wooded area. It is one of many COE campgrounds located throughout the Alabama River Lakes Region. This region is a fisherman’s paradise. Large populations of catfish, crappie and bass provide an adventure for anglers of all ages. This will definitely be one of our favorite places to stop on our future snowbird treks to Florida for the winter.

Gunter Hill Camping Fee: $22.00 per day (50% discount for Golden Age Passholders).

Total miles traveled today: 145

Tomorrow another adventure begins.

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