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					A Quiet
Retreat
   Visit Roland Cooper State Park
     on the Dannelly Reservoir                                              Otto and Bernice Sharp, left, visit with Sarah Byrd and her
                                                                                                                                                KIM NIX


                                                                            sister-in-law Pat Byrd. They are part of a larger group of
         By Kim G. Nix, Managing Editor                                     friends who camp together every year.




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        ucked among the tall pines of                      Harold and Sarah Byrd of Citronelle          views of the reservoir and a variety of
        Wilcox County near Camden is                   have been camping at Roland Cooper               wildlife viewing – deer, turkey, squirrels
        Roland Cooper State Park. At 236               for 14 years. It’s become their second           and many different kinds of birds are
acres, it’s one of Alabama’s smaller state             home since they camp there two or three          just a few species golfers might see.
parks, but offers many amenities found                 months in the spring and at least one
at larger parks.                                       month in the fall. Over the years they’ve
    Roland Cooper lies on the banks of                 met several other couples who have the           Other Amenities
the William B. Dannelly Reservoir, a                   same schedule. The group became fast                A large pavilion with a fireplace can
popular destination for anglers. Many                  friends. “We sit around the fire at night        accommodate family reunions, clubs
who come to fish the reservoir stay over-              and have potluck suppers,” said Sarah.           and other groups. Day users will find the
night at Roland Cooper State Park. The                 “All the men really love to fish, and we         picnic area, playground and hiking trail
park’s two boat ramps allow easy access                all do a lot of walking.”                        perfect for family outings.
for anglers staying in the park.                           To Sarah, staying at Roland Cooper              Whether you’re in the area for just
                                                       has done more than introduce her to              a day or you plan to camp for three
                                                       new friends. After a bout with cancer last       months, Roland Cooper State Park has
Camping and Cabins                                     year, she found the best medicine was            something to offer. Visit and experience
   The park features 47 improved                       to be outdoors and camp at their                 this quiet retreat for yourself!
campsites and 13 unimproved sites. The                 home away from home. “It healed
improved campsites have a paved park-                  my body and my mind,” she said.
ing slab, picnic table, grill, and hookups             “It’s just really special,” she says of
for water, electricity and sewer. Campers                                                           Roland Cooper State Park
                                                       Roland Cooper. One of the reasons            285 Deer Run Dr.
have access to four bathhouses, one of                 she likes the park is that it’s not          Camden, AL 36726
which contains laundry facilities.                     too large. Everything is within easy         334-682-4838
   Five two-bedroom cabins are avail-                  walking distance including the
able for those who don’t wish to camp.                 nature trail, camp store and golf            Located 6 miles from Camden, Alabama, 28
The cabins are fully furnished with                    course. However, the individual              miles south of Selma, off Highway 41.
linens, a kitchen and cooking utensils. A              campsites are large. “They’re very
view of the reservoir can be seen from                                                              Camping/Lodging/Picnicking
                                                       spacious compared to other parks,”           Improved Campsites: $16.64 per night
the back porches of the cabins, and a                  Sarah notes.
boat dock is accessible for each cabin.                                                             Primitive Campsites: $8.32 per night
                                                                                                    Camper Storage: $1 per day
                                                       Golf Course                                  Cabin Rates (1-4 persons): $72.80 per night
                                                          A nine-hole golf course is open           Pavilion: $100 per day
                                                       seven days a week. Golf Course               Green Fees
                                                       Attendant Sharon Daily says                  9 Holes: $11 /with cart $16
                                                       Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays             18 Holes: $15 /with cart $23
                                                       are usually busiest. People are              All Prices Subject to Change
                                                       attracted to this course because it’s
                                                       small and easy to walk. “You don’t
                                                       have to play 18 holes,” Sharon said.
                                                       “You have a choice of playing nine
                                                       or 18.” The course offers scenic
                                             KIM NIX




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