Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority’s goal is to enrich the community with exciting recreational and cultural opportunities. Serving the entirety of Tuscaloosa County, PARA’s park and recreation system includes over 2,200 acres of green space, 25 public parks, six boat landings, six activity centers, an award-winning public golf course, walking trails, shelters and a multi-purpose arena. Each PARA activity center is unique and most include a gymnasium, workout equipment, walking track, meeting rooms and catering kitchen. To learn more, visit www.tcpra.org.
There are a number of private country clubs for golfers including North River Yacht Club, Indian Hills Country Club, and Country Club of Tuscaloosa. Public courses include one of the best public courses in the country, Ol’ Colony, in addition to The Links and Hidden Meadows. Ol’ Colony, a PARA property, is a beautiful and challenging 18-hole course that is home to the University of Alabama’s golf teams and The First Tee of Tuscaloosa. Designed by Jerry Pate, this beautifully landscaped and award-winning course boasts new greens in 2013 and attracts players from around the Southeast.
With an abundance of water in Alabama, Tuscaloosa County water sports are always in play. Lake Tuscaloosa, Lake Nicol, Oliver Lake, Harris Lake, Holt Lake, Huricane Creek, Lake Lurleen and the Black Warrior River offer boating, fishing, swimming and sailing opportunities.
The Riverwalk is a popular walking trail that winds along the north and south banks of the Black Warrior River adjacent to downtown Tuscaloosa and Northport.
Hunting and Fishing
West Alabama is home to some of the best recreational hunting and fishing opportunities in the United States. We offer one of the longest deer season in the country and provide hunters with many world-renowned reserves featuring white-tailed deer, turkey, quail, wild boar, and duck. Hunters are sure to be challenged and awed as they hunt some of the most beautiful land, stay in the superb accommodations, and experience the quality hunting Alabama has to offer.
Anglers can also experience the breathtaking lakes, rivers, and streams that flow across the land. Wide varieties of bass, catfish, bream, and crappie all make their home in the waters of Alabama and offer excellent fishing year round. To complement the well-known hunting and fishing opportunities in Alabama, the area also offers other activities for outdoor enthusiasts including bird watching, hiking trails, and an array of State Parks to enjoy. A trip to Dixie Land would not be complete without enjoying some of the famous southern cuisine available throughout the area. Some good southern cooking and gracious hospitality is sure to top off your hunting or fishing trip and leave you waiting for your next trip to our beautiful State.