With free wireless Internet now available at select Alabama State Park campgrounds, roughing it no longer means disconnecting from the modern world. Currently Lakepoint, Gulf, Wind Creek, and Cheaha State Parks have Wi-Fi Internet in the campgrounds. Lake Guntersville, Joe Wheeler, and Oak Mountain are in the final stages of establishing their Wi-Fi systems.
The Wi-Fi network provides guests with a reliable Internet connection to enhance their visit to the parks by allowing them to stay connected with friends and family back home as well as conduct essential business such as school work, financial transactions and social media.
According to Alabama State Parks Acting Co-Director Tim Wishum, the wireless Internet program is one of the largest wide-scale Wi-Fi deployments of any United States park system. The Alabama program will provide more than 20,000 park guests with free Internet access while camping.
“We started the program at Gulf State Park in 2010,” Wishum said. “Since then we have deployed more than 600 radios, routers, and relays, utilizing 92 miles of wireless networks to provide Internet to more than 1,200 campsites.”
Rather than create a few localized “hotspots,” Alabama State Parks have turned entire campgrounds “hot” allowing guests to stay connected while in the comfort of their own RV. Since implementing the program, improvements have been made to ensure problem areas and outages are resolved quickly.
Free Wi-Fi is also available in or near the park office or store in select parks that do not have the campground systems. Those parks include Blue Springs, Monte Sano, Buck’s Pocket, Florala, Frank Jackson, Lake Lurleen and DeSoto.
For more information about Alabama State Parks, visit www.alapark.com.