Northgate Travel RV Park

Athens, Alabama… Great spot for an overnight

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Just north of Athens, Alabama (exit 354 on I65) you will find a nice little no frills RV Park that is perfect for overnighters. It is a right turn at the end of the exit 354 ramp and is an easy turn in. Follow the “all RV’s” signs to the office. Most likely there will be no one there, just envelopes for paying. (cash or check)

(I am told that there are those who like to skip paying on an honor system method of payment, however the owner has a way of correcting that problem. He knocks on the door of anyone who hasn’t paid at the time of setup, and I understand that the knock might come considerably before daylight.) Most RV’ers are honest, however, and this park is certainly not expensive. Just obey the rules and you won’t get any knocks on your door at odd times of the night.

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Sites are gravel, pretty level and most are long enough for big rigs to park comfortably. Just pick a site and set up your rig. Hookups are 30/50 electric, sewer, and water. WiFi is free and works quite well. (we parked close to the office where the tower is located.) No showers, bathrooms or other ammenities.

A nice walk along the front of the park between the highway and the pasture is sporting a vast array of wildflowers during our mid-May visit.

At the time of this writing (May, 2016) daily rate is $30.00. Weekly rate is $150.00.

Athens, Al is only a couple of miles to the south on US 31. It is a quaint little town with several historic points of interest. Huntsville is less than 30 minutes away and there are over the air TV channels for all networks plus PBS. Most are digital and come in with good definition.

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Most all of the usual fast food restaurants are available in Athens on Hwy 72 or Hwy 31. There are also several local restaurants that will give you good choices in food selections. Walmart is at the junction of 31 and 72. Russell Stover factory outlet (fantastic hot fudge sundaes and lots of chocolates) is on US 72 east in Athens. Downtown Athens has U.G. White Mercantile, that is an interesting stop in an old authentic mercantile. Joe’s Pizzeria is a good pizza place, in our opinion.

Nearby Huntsville is Alabama’s third largest city and has plenty of things to keep you occupied if you stay around for several days. The US Space and Rocket Center is there. Space Camp is there as well. Bridge Street Mall is a pleasant place to shop or dine. The Tennessee River sits alongside the city.

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A health issue caused us to stay here for almost two weeks. We camped in a Class A Motorhome.

The view out of our front window was of a pasture with pretty green grass and one friendly male bovine. We had a pleasant experience, and will probably stay here whenever we are visiting our son who lives nearby.

A good map app will show you a number of short cuts to various areas of Huntsville, thus avoiding some traffic. Traffic can be pretty heavy in and out of Huntsville especially on US 72, I-565, US-231 and US-431 during rush hours.

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