Little River State Park

A show of support at Little River
Maybe if the weather had been better, more people would have attended the reopening of Claude D. Kelley Recreational Area and Little River State Forest – commonly known as Little River. The folks who did turn out Saturday, March 17, seemed to enjoy getting reacquainted with the park and sharing memories. Gary Cole with the Alabama Forestry Commission said about 60 people attended. While it was not raining that morning,…
Park’s success depends on public (Letter to the Editor)
To the editor: The Alabama Forestry Commission reopened Little River State Park and the Claude D. Kelley Recreational Area on March 17, 2018 for day use on weekends. The operation of the park has been a funding issue for the last several years. Ironman Ministries operated the park for the Alabama Forestry Commission for six years ending on January 1, 2017. They were unable to continue because of financial issues.…
Little River reopening
Little River State Park, Claude D. Kelley State Park, Little River State Forest – whatever the official name, most folks have called it simply Little River. Once the destination for droves of people looking for a good place to swim, camp and cook out, the park has fallen on hard times in recent years through changes in management and actually closing. But the park is re-opening this Saturday. Gary Cole,…
If they open it, will we come?
Thursday afternoon, March 8, I drove out to Little River State Park and met Gary Cole for an interview about the park’s reopening. If you grew up here, you probably have fond memories of the park. As I drove along the narrow road leading into the main area of the park, I felt a little of the excitement I felt as a kid. Carload of kinfolks, probably a picnic lunch…
Little River to reopen
The following information was released by the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) last week. “The AFC’s Claude D. Kelley Recreational Area and Little River State Forest will reopen to the public on March 17, 2018. It will be operational on weekends for day-use-only from Friday noon through Sunday at 5:00 pm. Hours of operation will be expanded in the near future. Camping sites will be available soon.” The park closed indefinitely…