Parks and Recreation
Michael L. Nave
310 W. Washington Street
Athens, AL 35611
Phone: (256) 216-3425
Fax: (256) 233-6403
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-4:30PM
Park Board Members:
Doug Gates – President
Glendon R. Easter
The Limestone County Parks and Recreation Department has lots to offer for campers as well as the trail lovers. The County offers camping at Cowford Campground, located on the beautiful Tennessee River. Cowford has forty-six campsites. Thirty-six of the sites have full hook up and the other ten sites have water and electric only. We have climate controlled bathhouse facilities with washers and dryers. We have two boat ramps with a pier adjacent to the ramp on the eastside. We have a sand beach area in the park with lots of picnic area. We have a short walking trail on the property for campers and visitors who just may want to walk.
We also have our Rails to Trails area that has ten miles of trail for biking, walking, and equestrian lovers. There are trails heads at Piney Chapel road on the south end and Veto road on the north end. The city of Elkmont lies almost halfway of the trail and has a store for some refreshments.
Just north of Veto is upper Elk River where you can launch your canoe or kayak for a journey down the river. There several stops along the river for food or just to rest for a picnic. The website has a map of the canoe trail and the boat ramps along the river. The Elk River empties into the Tennessee River some fifteen miles from the Veto launching area.
The Parks and Recreation Department has opened the Limestone County Event Center just off Pryor street west of the Veterans museum. The Event Center is used for special events and for rent to the public. The Event Center has a seating capacity of over 1500, as well as, a kitchen and stage area for renters to have concerts, weddings, class reunions, and many other events.
Limestone County also has a bicycle trail along county roads for the bike lovers who want to ride the beautiful countryside of the Tennessee Valley. The Trail has directional signs for easy navigation that leads some seventy-five miles around the County.
David Seibert and the Limestone County Commission established the Recreation Department in 2003 with the vision of providing recreation for its citizens and the visitor who might want to enjoy the wonderful area in which we live. The Parks and Recreation has been an overwhelming success and a great addition to Limestone County.