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Tannehill State Park
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Tannehill State Park © Shawna
Tannehill State Park © Shawna
Tannehill State Park © Shawna
Tannehill State Park © Shawna
Tannehill State Park © Shawna
Tannehill State Park © Shawna
Tannehill State Park © Shawna
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12632 Confederate Pkwy
McCalla, Alabama   35111
(lat:33.245 lon:-87.0691) map location

Phone: (205) 477-5711
Nature has blessed Tannehill. The beautiful tree-lined valley, hillsides rich in ore and swiftly flowing Roupes Creek made this a perfect setting for a successful iron making operation, as the early settlers realized. The same ingredients afford today?s visitors a pleasurable escape from modern life.Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park has more than 1,500 acres in three counties set aside for hiking, camping and outdoor recreation. A miniature railroad chugs through the pines. From spring through fall, the blacksmith, miller and craftsmen demonstrate their trades. Craft shops occupy restored pioneer cabins and artisans chat with visitors from their front porches. Steeped in history, Tannehill feels timeless. The cotton gin, pioneer farm and working gristmill preserve a long-gone way of life. Hiking trails retrace historic roadways. Artifacts of Alabama?s 19th century iron industry displayed in the Iron and Steel Museum put in perspective the massive stone furnaces, Tannehill?s awe-inspiring centerpiece.

It is difficult to take in all of Tannehill in one visit. Come again and come often to enjoy the special appeal of each season. Campground accommodations, both primitive and improved, are plentiful. Horseback riding excursions are available at Tannehill Trails.

The third weekend of each month, from March through November, shoppers and swappers come from far and near to Tannehill Trade Days in search of tools, clothing, jewelry, knives, furniture and other treasures. Other events include a Dulcimer festival, Gem and Mineral show, Woodcarvers show, Educational programs for school children, a Labor Day celebration, Halloween festival and Christmas candlelight tour.
History of the Area
Established in 1971, the park is located near McCalla, Alabama. It covers over 1500 acres and includes three blast furnaces from the Civil War era. These were part of Tannehill Ironworks which produced iron for Confederate ordnance.

The site was a significant supplier to Southern armies during the war until it was destroyed by Union troops in March 1865. The ruins have been preserved as historical monuments within this state recreational area.

In addition to its historic significance, today's visitors can enjoy hiking trails, camping facilities and an on-site museum that showcases local history.

1. Tannehill State Park offers 195 improved campsites with water and electricity.
2. Primitive camping is available for those seeking a more rustic experience.
3. Group pavilions are also offered, ideal for family reunions or large gatherings.
4. The park has two fishing lakes near the campgrounds suitable for anglers of all ages.
5. There's an RV campground equipped with modern amenities like laundry facilities and bathhouses.

Tannehill State Park is located near Alabaster, Bessemer and Birmingham

1. Slave Quarters Trail: A 0.5-mile trail that passes by the historic slave quarters and ironworks site, offering a glimpse into Alabama's past.

2. Iron Road Station Loop: This is an easy 3-mile loop with minimal elevation gain, suitable for all skill levels.

3. Grist Mill Trail: An approximately one mile long path leading to the park's grist mill; it offers scenic views of creeks and woods along its route.

4. Furnace Quarry Trail: At about two miles in length, this moderate difficulty hike takes you through wooded areas towards old furnace quarry sites

5. Tannehill Tramway Trails (North/South): These trails are each around three miles long following tramways used during historical mining operations within the state park area.

6. Farley Field Loops I & II : Two separate loops totaling over four miles combined offer moderately difficult terrain with some steep inclines and declines.

7. Sweetwater Lake Loop - Approximately five-miles round trip circling beautiful Sweetwater lake providing hikers panoramic water vistas throughout their journey

8. The Tree Identification Nature Walk - Short half-a-mile walk featuring plaques identifying various tree species native to Alabama forests

9. Campground Connector Path- Less than a mile-long connecting different campground sections together making access easier for campers or day visitors alike

10. Mountain Bike Trails - Over eight total miles divided between beginner-friendly Green trail at just under two-miles while Blue provides more challenge stretching six-plus

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
June 12 Great feeling of being in the forest
park review stars; one to five Plenty of shade over the RV spots. Restrooms were clean. Beautiful area.
May 11 Hiking by eml
park review stars; one to five Grandson went on field trip, Grandma went hiking. Great day.i .
January 16 Beautiful State Park by Lynette Osborne Mcnutt
park review stars; one to five It is part of my family heritage. The cemetery has a lot of my family buried there, was very interesting to know names and dates of family members.
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1. Start by heading southwest on I:20 W/I-59 S.
2. Continue for approximately 21 miles.
3. Take exit 100 toward Bucksville/Bessemer/Tannehill State Park.
4. Turn right onto AL:216 E (signs for Tanne Hill).
5. Drive about six miles until you reach Confederate Parkway in McCalla.
6: Finally, turn left into the park entrance.

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