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Attention: Houston Recreation Area is closed until further notice.


part ofNational Forests in Alabama, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Wed Oct 28 2015   Season Dates


Houston Recreation Area is situated on the shore of Lake Lewis Smith in Bankhead National Forest. This popular destination has day-use areas and a campground.

The campground consists of 3 loops with standard sites, most of which are private with lake views. There are also picnic areas, including a group shelter, and facilities for boating and swimming.

Natural Features:

Bankhead National Forest is located in northwestern Alabama, and its prominent feature is the Sipsey Wilderness. Known as "The Land of a Thousand Waterfalls," it's an area of abundant streams, old-growth forests, limestone bluffs and lush canyons.

Lake Lewis Smith boasts more than 500 miles of shoreline marked by high rock bluffs. The water is clear and deep and provides excellent fishing.


Visitors have access to a sand swimming beach and boat ramp. Popular activities include boating, jet skiing and water skiing.

The lake provides excellent fishing for Kentucky Spotted Bass and Hybrid Striped Bass. There are also hiking trails in the area, including the 1.4-mile High Rock Loop and the 1.9-mile Fox Run Loop.


There are hot showers, water spigots and flush toilets on the premises. Camp sites have paved parking spurs, tent pads, picnic tables and fire pits.

A host is available, and visitors can purchase firewood and ice.

Nearby Attractions:

Two nearby attractions within Bankhead National Forest are the Little Natural Bridge and the 19th-century Pine Torch Church. Another popular attraction in the local area is Houston Civil War Jail.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Picnic Areas
  • Beach Access
  • Berry Picking
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boat Trailer Parking
  • Boat-In Sites
  • Boating
  • Campfire Circles
  • Campfire Programs
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Educational Programs
  • Entrance Station
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Ice Machine
  • Jet Skiing
  • Lake Access
  • Mountain Biking
  • Non-Motorized Boating
  • Outdoor Showers
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Roads
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Ranger Station
  • Scenic Overlooks
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Visitor Center
  • Water Skiing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Gate hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; after hours access is available
  • Alcohol is not allowed in park
  • The campground has a two vehicle and two tent maximum per single site; $4 fee for additional vehicles
  • Click here for more information about National Forests in Alabama
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help protect our forests! Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. Moving firewood is illegal in some states. Visit dontmovefirewood.org to learn more.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.12139, -87.28556
34°7'17"N, 87°17'8"W

From Double Springs, Alabama, take Highway 278 east for 8 miles. Turn south on County Road 63 and continue for 4 miles. Turn right onto Forest Service Road 118 and continue for a mile.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

1033 COUNTY ROAD 3124
HOUSTON  AL  35572

Phone Number:

Information:  (205)489-2941
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