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

Pricing:

  • $25 Registration Fee 
  • Individual (Age 16+)
    • $125/annual
  • Additional Family Members (Age 16+)
    • $25/annual
  • Discounts:
    • Senior (Age 62+):  20% 
    • Youth  (Age 6-15):  20% 
    • 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

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

General Park Info

Address:

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:
    • 205-361-2258
    • 205-361-2581
    • 205-393-8986

 

RV & Tent Camping

Fishing

  • 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)

Boating

  • 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
Mark Harrison
331-5600
Email