After a one-night stopover at a nice state park in Georgia, we crossed into Alabama, where we spent two nights at Historic Blakeley State Park. (We passed through the area that was hit by tornados that killed 23 people, but we were long gone by then.)
Although it’s called a state park, Blakeley is financed and run separately from the Alabama park system. It is the site of an early 19th century settlement that briefly sought to rival Mobile as a port before it fell into decay and disappeared.
It is also the site of the largest Civil War battle fought in Alabama. Since it took place just a few days before Appomattox, it is also said to be the last major battle of the war. Hiking trails run along some of the old fortifications, and cannon are placed here and there, though it’s unlikely they are from the battle.
In addition to the historical aspects, the park was quite pleasant, with lots of trees and other foliage. From here we headed for Louisiana.