Alabama, the heart of the Deep South, is a state brimming with rich history, diverse culture, and breathtaking natural beauty. From its majestic mountains to its serene lakeshores, Alabama offers a canvas for unforgettable outdoor experiences. And what better way to immerse yourself in this splendor than through the magical world of glamping? Glamping in Alabama is not just a unique kind of stay near some of the best attractions in the state; it’s an adventure in nature that promises a one-of-a-kind experience.

Alabama’s glamping options are just as diverse as the state’s scenery. You’ll find a range of accommodations to suit different price points and needs. From family-friendly tiny houses to romantic bell tents for two under the stars, the selection is broad. With a little research, you’re bound to find your dream accommodations. The below list can get you started.

1. Mentone

The Lahusage Dam in Mentone, Alabama.

If you’re yearning for a glamping experience that’s truly special, look no further than Mentone, Alabama. This charming town nestled atop Lookout Mountain offers a blend of rustic beauty and artistic flair, making it an ideal destination for glampers.

Mentone is renowned for its stunning landscapes, including cascading waterfalls, lush forests, and scenic overlooks. Imagine waking up in a cozy cabin perched on the edge of a cliff, with the mesmerizing views of DeSoto Falls right outside your window. This is the kind of magic Mentone can add to your glamping adventure.

Fun Things to Do in Mentone

  • For nature lovers, Mentone’s highlights include DeSoto State Park and Brow Park.
  • If you need a break from the great outdoors, check out the Mentone Arts Center or White Elephant Antiques Gallery.
  • The Lookout Mountain area also has plenty of summer camps if you’re looking for a way to keep the kids busy.

Glamping Options

Located between DeSoto Falls and Cloudland Canyon State Park, this RV rental includes many amenities you’d find in a hotel. Only a short distance from the McLemore golf course, you can return and enjoy your favorite TV show after a few hours on the greens.

2. Guntersville

People fishing from a dock at sunset on Lake Guntersville, Alabama.

North Alabama’s Guntersville is a truly unique recreation area. It’s surrounded by Lake Guntersville, offering an abundance of natural spoils, such as largemouth bass-filled tannic depths, mountain forests, and gorgeous walking trails all around. Although the small town only has some 10,000 inhabitants, it’s a regular stop for tourists.

Fun Things to Do in Guntersville

  • The lake is the clear highlight in terms of activities, offering fishing (bass, crappie, and bluegill) and boating opportunities.
  • You can also check out Lake Guntersville State Park, the North Alabama Sailing Marina, and the Town Creek Fishing Center.

Glamping Options

Located 10 miles from Lake Guntersville State Park and 25 miles from Bucks Pocket State Park, this 2014 Thor Motor Coach Freedom Elite is the perfect way to see the area.

Able to accommodate up to eight guests at a time, this RV comes equipped with a kitchen full of pots, pans, dishes, cups, mugs, knives and silverware, plus it has a microwave, a toaster oven, and an egg cooker so you can be fully self-sufficient during your stay in the wilderness.

3. Gulf Shores

Alabama Gulf Shores State Park and beach.

If you love the beach, Gulf Shores is the place to go. Located in Baldwin County, this stretch of sand and surf is ideal for cruises, hiking, dolphin watching, and more. If you’re on a family trip, make sure to take a pitstop at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo to see some exotic wildlife.

Fun Things to Do in Gulf Shores

  • Highlights include Gulf State Park and Gulf State Park Fishing Pier.
  • If you want to take a small road trip, the Fort Morgan Historical Site is a short drive away. This 19th-century military fort offers tours related to Civil War history, and is located at the very tip of the Fort Morgan peninsula.

Glamping Options

The Gulf Shores area features a few RV resorts where you can hookup your camper and enjoy the great outdoors alongside the comforts of home. There are a few towable trailers like this 2022 Forest River Vengeance Rogue that can be delivered free of charge, so you can take advantage of everything these resorts offer.

On-site amenities include swimming pools, free Wi-Fi and cable, 24-hour laundry facilities, clubhouses, and stores full of supplies and souvenirs.

4. Mobile

Beautiful colorful sunset on Mobile Bay situated on the Alabama Gulf Coast.

Mobile gives you the best of both worlds: beautiful seaside nature with endlessly captivating small-town charm. If you’re looking to spend some time outdoors, head to Langan Municipal Park, Mobile Bay, the Gaillard Island wildlife area, or Cooper Riverside Park. The Charles Wood Japanese Garden is also worth seeing.

Fun Things to Do in Mobile

  • If you want some more metropolitan entertainment, visit the History Museum of Mobile or Conde-Charlotte Museum.
  • Favorites for families include the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park and the National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Explore the Mobile River basin’s wetlands via kayak. You’ll discover all kinds of critters, from turtles to crawfish.

Glamping Options

Whatever you decide to do in Mobile, you’ll want a soft bed to rest on when the day is done. Mobile offers unique places to stay, like versatile campers and luxury RVs.

5. Auburn

Waterfall at Chewacla State Park in Auburn, Alabama.

For those seeking a touch of culture and history during their glamping escapade, Auburn is a hidden gem. This charming town offers a perfect blend of outdoor adventures and unique attractions, plus plenty of vacation rentals so you’ll have a place to lay your head no matter what your interest might be. Auburn is directly located next to Chewacla State Park — a prime attraction for outdoorsy types. Head here to go mountain biking or hiking and take in the beautiful trees and waterfalls.

Fun Things to Do in Auburn

  • Highlights include Kreher Preserve & Nature Center, Hickory Dickory Park, and the Davis Arboretum.
  • For a special treat, check out the Southeastern Raptor Center to see big birds up close and personal.

Glamping Options

There are plenty of potential hubs where you can explore these varied attractions from. Want a more moveable adventure? Consider renting a camper with a queen-size bed, three bunk beds, and a kitchenette.

6. Birmingham

Torii photographed in the Botanical Garden of Birmingham, Alabama, in early afternoon.

Birmingham, the state’s largest city, is a cultural hub that blends history, art, and culinary delights. For glampers seeking a mix of outdoor adventure and urban exploration, Birmingham is a must-visit destination. With a population of more than one million, it’s a regional hub of the Deep South and is known for its buzzing energy. If you’re looking for a more urban glamping experience, this is your spot.

Fun Things to Do in Birmingham

  • There’s no shortage of things to do in Birmingham. You can spend time outside in the Railroad Park, East Lake Park, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, or Kelly Ingram Park.
  • Alternatively, explore the city’s compelling history via the Birmingham Civil Rights Tour.
  • Northwest of the city, the Sipsey Wilderness is a picturesque area in the Bankhead National Forest sometimes referred to as the “Land of 1,000 Waterfalls.”

Glamping Options

Given its large size, it should come as no surprise that Birmingham has a large variety of accommodations and vacation rentals. If your guest list isn’t large and you’re looking for a retro feel, consider this Little Guy Silver Shadow complete with a queen-size bed and A/C.

If you need something larger, this Coleman camper is a great option (it’s also pet-friendly, in case you have any furry friends) with a maximum sleeping capacity of 10 people.

Find the Best Alabama Glamping Rentals

So, what is the best glamping site in Alabama? It’s largely a question of personal preference. Some people want to take in the sea breeze along the Gulf Coast, while other glampers prefer scaling a mountain peak. The list above gives you an idea of the diversity of options available in the Heart of Dixie.