Outdoor Recreation

For more information on trips, please contact: Mark Harrison, Outdoor Adventure Supervisor, 361-4965 or 331-5600.

Click on "Online Registration" below to see a complete listing of our classes and activities.

Outdoor Membership

Membership Includes:

  • Access to Outdoor Aquatics Facilities (seasonal)
    • Nancie Blewitt Swim Complex @ Bowers Park
    • Harrison Taylor Splash Pad @ Palmore Park
    • Freeman Pool
  • Small watercraft rentals at Van de Graaff Park
  • Annual Fishing Pass at Van de Graaff Park
  • Boat Launch Pass at Sharpes Creek Landing and Rock Quarry Landing


  • $25 Registration Fee 
  • Individual (Age 16+)
    • $125/annual
  • Additional Family Members (Age 16+)
    • $25/annual
  • Discounts:
    • Senior (Age 62+):  10% 
    • Youth  (Age 6-15):  10% 
    • Ages 5 & Under:  FREE
Outdoor Membership

Mountain Bike Trails

Mountain Bike Trails

Disc Golf Courses

Bowers Park Disc Golf Course

  • Fun and challenging in hilly, wooded terrain. Features 3 open holes and 15 in beautiful woods. Three holes are positioned along a creek. All holes have 3 carpeted teepads for all skill levels. 
  • More Info

Palmore Park Disc Golf Course

  • The course has 18 holes and the course is mostly flat terrain and since it is flat it is a good course for beginners just learning to play disc golf.
  • There are tees for ALL skill levels: Gold, tees for pros with several +900' holes, Blue long tees, White short tees and Red tees for beginners. 
    -Brand new Innova Discatcher Targets
    -Multiple pin locations on most all holes
    -Great use of O.B. and tree lines to accommodate lack of elevation and obstacles 
    -Course runs along edge of park and mostly avoids other commonly used areas

Ol' Colony Disc Golf Course

  • Currently closed until further notice.
Disc Golf Courses

Boat Launches


Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority maintains three public boat launch sites on Lake Tuscaloosa.  They include: Binion Creek Landing, Sharpes Creek Landing and Rock Quarry Landing.


Launch Fees

There is a $5 daily fee per craft at Sharpes Landing and Rock Quarry Landing.  Launch fees must be paid all year-round.  

To use the ramps, you can purchase a boat launching permit that allows unlimited access to boat ramps or pay a daily launching fee.

Launch fees are required if you are launching trailered watercraft.  If your watercraft is not trailered and you are carrying the equipment into the water - such as a kayak or stand-up paddle board - then a launch fee is not required.


For daily launch

Envelopes are available at the landing for admission. The form must be completely filled out, signed and dated and daily receipt placed facing out wards from your rearview mirror.  Place payment in envelope and place in fee collection box. Failure to comply with payment will result in a citation.


Annual launch passes

For those who will be launching watercraft often season passes are available through purchase of an annual Outdoor Membership.  Payment can be made with cash, check or credit card at any PARA Activity Center during business hours or online at the link below.  Season Passes must be purchased before you launch and displayed hanging on the rearview mirror.  

Van de Graaff Park - RV & Tent Camping, Fishing, Canoes

General Park Info


3231 Robert Cardinal Road, Northport, AL

Main entrance is labeled "Gate 1"

Emergency Contact Numbers

  • In case of emergency, call 911
  • For park related issues:


CLICK HERE FOR RV & Tent Camping Information


  • All patrons must obtain a valid fishing license (where applicable) and follow rules by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • All overnight campers will receive up to 4 fishing permits per campsite.  Additional fishing permits may be purchased on-site.
  • Daily Fishing Permits: $10 Adults, 12 & under FREE with paid Adult (Fishing FREE with Outdoor Membership)


  • A boat ramp for hand-carried and non-gas motor boat launch is available.
  • Canoe and kayak rental is available on-site. (FREE with Outdoor Membership, $20-4 hours)
    • Hours: 10a-2p, Wednesday-Saturday, see park attendant upon arrival.

Other Amenities

  • A span of the 1812 Historic Bridge – open to foot traffic only
  • Porch style swings
  • A 1/3 mile walking trail
  • Pavilion
  • Potable Water
  • Grills
  • Fire Pits
  • Big Bat House
  • Canoes are available for seasonal rental (FREE with Outdoor Membership)
  • Horse Shoe Pit – must provide your own horseshoes
  • Portable Toilets
  • Trash Cans
Van de Graaff Park

Call Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-5pm

Mark Harrison