The beautiful wooded area of Forkland Campground is located on Demopolis Lake, the largest lake on the Black Warrior-Tombigbee waterway. Demopolis Lake offers 10,000 acres to explore, equipped with two campgrounds, day-use facilities, primitive camping, and a full service marina and restaurant. The physical location of the campground offers a quiet and convenient retreat from the two larger cities; Demopolis and Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Travel 9 miles north of Demopolis or 50 miles south of Tuscaloosa and it is there that you will find Forkland Campground.
We stayed at Forkland Campground in July 2011.
It is a well-kept Corps of Engineers park. If you’ve ever been in a COE park, you know what that means: it’s clean, the grounds are maintained, the staff is helpful, the bathhouses are nice, the pads are concrete and level, it’s beautifully designed.
The park was reopened in 2011 after undergoing a renovation. The roads, the playgrounds, the concrete pads, and the patios are new.
We stayed one night at Forkland on our way to Florida. It is a beautiful park with lots of big oak trees. The trees are so large and beautiful that I have included several pictures in the gallery of the trees that canopy almost the whole park.
The park is quiet during the week. When we were there, we were one of just three campers in the park, besides the two parkhosts. When we pulled up to check-in, the park attendant was asleep in the office, and we had to knock to get his attention. He seemed suprised to see someone.
Most of the sites are long enough to handle the biggest rigs. They are spacious and wooded. Some of them would be very private when a camper was pulled in to block the view from the road. There are 2 main areas of the campground – the old and the new. The parkhost told us that the old circle that hasn’t been remodeled is basically used for overflow on busy weekends. The sites in the older circle are gravel, but they have full hookups. The rest of this review will focus on the newly renovated circle which makes up 90% of the park.
The park has two fantastic new playgrounds. They had stuff on them for the little kids and the big kids. The largest playground had swings and a zipline. I had never seen a playground zipline before. Basically, you just grab hold of it and it glides you to the other side. We had a lot of fun on it. I have included pictures of the playgrounds in the photo galleries.
Almost every site on the water side has it’s own stairs down to the water’s edge. After you go down the stairs, the land levels off for great fishing and boat access. I don’t know how to describe it except that the roads and campsites sit up on a hill and the water is at the bottom of the hill. This is not a good explanation because the park itself is not hilly. You will just have to look at the pictures to understand what I’m saying.
There is a site in the park that is the best Corps of Engineers campsite we have ever seen. The pad is long, the site is shaded, the patio is huge, there is nice grass around the site, it’s at the end of the park, a playground is across the street, you have a nice view and the stairs lead down to what amounts to your own tiny, sandy, private island. All it needed was a chair, umbrella and Corona to be ad-perfect. I would go to Forkland again just to stay in this site for a week or two. It is that nice. I have added pictures to the gallery, but they don’t do it justice.
There is just one bathhouse in the park. It is quite sufficient for 42 sites. The bathhouse is clean and air conditioned. It has nice, roomy showers. There is a laundry room in the bathhouse that had newer appliances, a table for sorting and folding and a rod to put your hangers on.
There is a boat ramp with parking and bathrooms. The ramp is accessible for day-use visitors as well as campers. The parkhost told us there is good fishing in the right times of year. Apparently, you can catch hundreds of bream when the time is right. In fact, he said a man had recently been in for a weekend and caught over 400 bream.
The parkhost was a nice man who let us borrow an extension cord when ours would not reach the electrical box. He was friendly and talkative, and gave us some useful information on parks we were thinking of visiting.
The park is 10 miles from the town of Demopolis, AL. They have almost every type of store or restaurant you would be looking for. We didn’t have a need to shop or eat, but we drove through Demopolis on our way out, and it seemed like your typical small, Southern town. There was an old-timey downtown and a more modern shopping district. We noticed several beautiful, old homes on the outskirts of town.