Outdoor Recreation

Recreation in Livingston, AL

  • Jaycee Neighborhood Park: This parked is located in the northwest section of town on Hopkins Street. This recreational facility includes baseball and softball fields, picnic facilities, swimming pool, tennis courts, and playground equipment. A newly constructed ball field/concession stand w/ restrooms was completed in 2005. A summer recreation program takes place here for children and young adults.
  • Lake LU: This lake is located on the campus of The University of West Alabama and can be accessed from Lake Drive or University Drive. Fishing and boating on Lake LU are open three days a week to the public. Surrounding the lake are the Nature trails which are used for hiking, running, bird watching, picnicking, and wildflower studying. There are also covered areas for grilling, picnicking, and several benches and picnic tables around the property.
  • University of West Alabama: Games in each of the following sports take place at the university throughout the year:
  • Football – NCAA Division II
  • Baseball – NCAA Division II
  • Basketball – NCAA Division II
  • Soccer – NCAA Division II
  • Rodeo – NIRA Rodeo Sanctioned Competitions
  • The High School Rodeo Association uses the complex for high school rodeo competitions
  • Volleyball –NCAA Division II
  • Tennis – NCAA Division II
  • Cross Country – NCAA Division II

For more information, visit: www.uwaathletics.com

  • Livingston Country Club: This facility is a private country club that offers an 18-hole golf course.
  • Playground Street. Offered on Playground Street is a pavilion and water fountain, grill, 2 picnic tables, 2 benches. This area is used for cookouts, picnics, and other recreational events.
  • Happy Hollow is a small park with a new playground as well as picnic tables and benches.
  • Johnson Street: This neighborhood park offers a basketball court as well as two picnic tables and benches.

Recreation in York, AL

  • Lake Louise: Lake Louise is a great lake for fisherman to enjoy hours of fishing fun. A valid fishing permit is required on these waters. There are also picnic tables and a paved road for walking and biking.  The lake is open from Daylight until Dark. Please contact the city hall for permits at (205) 392-5231. For Fishing License & Baits call (205) 392-4411.
  • Walking Trail: The walk around the City of York Sports Complex walking path is a great way to get out with the family and get some exercise. The walking trail is open to all citizens of the City of York. The playground is also another great place.
  • Cherokee Park: Cherokee Park is located off of Highway 11 and offers the public a field for ball playing, basketball court, swings, and a small walking trail
  • Sumter Country Club: This facility is a private country club that offers an 18-hole golf course

Recreation in Gainesville, AL

  • Gainesville Walking Trail. The recent addition to Gainesville put together a quarter of a mile walking track that the local citizens can use for recreational activities.
  • Gainesville Lake and Recreation Area. This is the third largest lake on the Tenn-Tom Waterway that is perfect for fishing, hiking, boating, water sports, camping, picnicking, hunting or just sightseeing.

Recreation in Epes, AL

  • Public Park of Epes Includes Baseball and Softball Complex Walking Trail. The public park includes the complex as well as the walking trail where the community can go for recreational fun.

Recreation in Belmont, AL

  • Mimosa Ridge: Mimosa Ridge is located on the cliffs of the Tombigbee River in the small community of Belmont.  It is known for its beautiful scenery, wedding chapel, boating, picnicking, and fishing.

For more information visit: www.mimosaridge.com

Recreation in Panola, AL

  • Cameron Quail Preserve: hunting, boating, and fishing
  • Heflin Lock & Dam: picnic area

Hunting and Fishing

Fishing and Boating:

Many private and public ponds, as well as Lake Livingston University, the Tombigbee River and Sucarnochee River, make fishing and boating excellent recreational activates. Public boat launching docks are available on the Tombigbee River and are located in the nearby towns of Epes, Gainesville, and Belmont.  The privately owned fishing facilities are Sweet Apple Farms and Dreamlake.  Four lakes are managed for trophy fishing at Jug Branch Lodge; visit www.jugbranch.com or call 205-217-5187.


Sumter County is well known for its plentiful hunting areas and offers a wide variety of hunting including, white tail deer, wild turkey, quail, duck, dove, squirrel, rabbit, and hog. A license and permission of the landowner is required before hunting is allowed to take place. There are several public and private hunting facilities in the county including Ed Vaughan Hunting, P-Arrow Plantation, Southern Sportsman Lodge, and Triple D Ranch.

Hunt quail with trained dog, walking or riding on ATV. Fishing, horseback riding and photography activities offered at Alawest Outdoors; call 205-499-6136.

Dream Lake Lodge may be better known for their largemouth bass fishing, but because of limited hunting allowed, they claim hunters see an average of 20 to 70 deer per hunt. All deer hunts are combined with fishing; visit www.dreamlakelodge.com or call 205-652-4545.

Extensively managed for game for thirty years, P-Arrow offers a few guided whitetail deer and bobwhite quail hunts each year on their 2,500 acre P-Arrow Plantation in Sumter county. Hunters can ride on a Belgian Mule drawn wagon carrying English Pointers and English Setters, or ride Tennessee Walking Horses to experience covey rises of fast flying bobwhites. Dove and Turkey hunts as well as guided largemouth bass and bream fishing available Horseback riding, nature trail; visit www.parrow.net or call 205-652-7990.

For more information on hunting and fishing in Sumter County and Alabama visit www.westalabamahuntingtrail.com

Wildlife Management Area:

There is over 7,000 acres in Sumter, Hale, Marengo and Greene counties for waterfowl, big and small game hunting.  The David K. Nelson Wildlife Management Area, located in Sumter, Marengo, Greene, and Hale Counties, is 8,308 acres and has waterfowl, small game hunting, and big game hunting.

Enjoy camping and canoeing along the banks of the state’s major rivers, such as the Alabama, Black Warrior and Tombigbee Rivers. The Army Corps of Engineers manages three recreational areas in Sumter County: S.W. Taylor Overlook Park which is a 62 m/l acre park with a hiking trail, boat ramp, scenic overlook, and historic cemetery; the Sumter Recreation Area which as a boat ramp, playground, picnic area with shelter; and the West Damsite which also has a boat ramp, playground, picnic area with shelter, and a fishing dock.  For more information on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, visit: www.corpslakes.com or call 205-752-3571.

For more outdoor recreation in Sumter County and other Alabama counties visit www.outdooralabama.com