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Attention: Houston Shelter will be closed until further notice.

HOUSTON SHELTER, AL

Status: Open through Tue Oct 28 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Houston Shelter is a group picnic site nestled on the shore of Lake Lewis Smith in Bankhead National Forest. This is a popular recreation area offering a variety of activities.

Natural Features:

Bankhead National Forest is located in northwestern Alabama. The prominent feature of the area is the Sipsey Wilderness.

Known as "The Land of a Thousand Waterfalls," the Sipsey Wilderness encompasses an area of abundant streams, old-growth forests, limestone bluffs and lush canyons.

Lake Lewis Smith boasts more than 500 miles of shoreline marked by high rock bluffs. The water is clear and deep and provides excellent fishing.

Recreation:

Day users can enjoy a beautiful sand swimming beach. Other activities include motorized and non-motorized boating and water skiing.

Anglers can fish for Kentucky Spotted Bass and Hybrid Striped Bass. There are also hiking trails in the area, including the 1.4 mile High Rock Loop and the nearly 2 mile Fox Run Loop.

Facilities:

The picnic facility offers tables, flush toilets, grills and drinking water. A boat ramp and showers are nearby.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Non-Motorized Boating
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Water
  • Water Skiing
Know Before You Go
  • Gate hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; after hours access is available
  • Fee authorizes 1 vehicle; additional vehicles must purchase a day-use permit for $4
  • Parking is 300 feet away from the shelter; people may be dropped off at the shelter
  • Click here for more information about National Forests in Alabama
  • Don't Move Firewood : Help protect our forests! Obtain your firewood near your destination to avoid the spread of pests. Using firewood from outside the area can threaten native trees and forests. Firewood from outside the area is not recommended as some states have quarantines in effect and firewood movement is illegal. Visit don'tmovefirewood.org to learn more.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.12444, -87.29806
34°7'28"N, 87°17'53"W

About 50 miles southwest of Decatur, take Highway 278 east from Double Springs for 8 miles. Turn south on County Road 63 and continue for 4 miles. Turn right onto Forest Service Road 118 and travel a mile to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

HOUSTON SHELTER
PO BOX 278
DOUBLE SPRINGS AL 35553

Phone Number:

Project Office:(205)489-2941