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 Rock Quarry and 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+):  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

Take Me Fishing - 231410

Take me fishing is an opportunity for anyone to be introduced to recreational fishing. All skill levels are welcome to come, but the class will focus on the basics of fishing. Instructors will help tie knots, teach casting, go over fish habitats, bait choices and more. Poles, bait, and tackle will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own gear if they want.

Take Me Fishing

Van de Graaff Park - RV & Tent Camping, Fishing

Van de Graaff Arboretum and Historic Bridge Park is the first “nature park” of its kind for PARA to feature recreational nature at its best. While this rustic, semi-primitive style park is still under development, many amenities are available including fishing, hiking and camping.


Camping: All camp sites feature a fire ring

  • Ten (10) RV camp sites include water hook up. RVs must be self-contained. There is no electricity or dump station.
  • Including one (1) RV campsite that is ADA accessible
  • Six (6) tent sites include tent pad and parking space
  • Six (6) walk-in tent sites include tent pad and overnight parking pass for public lot


  • 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)

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
  • Kayaks and 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

Canoe & Camping - 231430

May 27-28 (Sat. & Sun.)

Canoe to and camp at Treasure Island on Lake Tuscaloosa. Canoes provided, individuals will be responsible for all food/snacks, camping gear, and any other personal items. Trip lead by certified outdoor adventure instructors.


Canoe & Camping

Watersport Rentals - Closed for Season

Watersport Rentals
Mark Harrison