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 Adventure Camp - June 4-August 3

This day camp is an outdoor adventure every child needs to experience!  Whether climbing the tallest rock, belaying at the rock wall, hiking some of the most beautiful terrain, finding the best fishing hole, or simply looking for worms and learning about weird bugs, these adventurers will meet and begin each day in the freedom and fresh air of the great outdoors.  Summer time is all about enjoying the exciting outside world that surrounds us all and possibly develop a lifelong passion for the ever unfolding environment.  This camp is sure to be an event you will not want to miss.  Children should be prepared for all types of weather such as rain, heat, and everything in between.  (Rain gear is required) Children will encounter rocks and obstacles over 3 feet, tall, we will participate in swimming and canoing activities, we will go rock climbing in our indoor facility, hiking and wilderness exploration off trail and on loose uneven terrain will be common, children should be able to participate in all activities. Let’s go explore.

Camp begins June 4


$25 registration fee

Weekly & Monthly Rates

10% Discount with PARA Outdoor Membership

10% Discount for second and third child

Outdoor Adventure Camp

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


  • $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

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


RV & Tent Camping


  • 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
Mark Harrison