Geneva State Forest

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1119 Forest Area Rd. Kinston, AL 36453 334-898-7013 Official Website

GPS: 31.1428, -86.1842

Location submitted by: Vanamee

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Overview of Geneva State Forest

Geneva State Forest is Alabama’s largest state forest encompassing 7,200 acres of predominately longleaf pine and is managed by the Alabama Forestry Commission. A daily permit fee of $2.00 per person is required for recreational activities including picnicking, fishing, camping, hiking, ATV and horseback riding. The Alabama Hiking Trail Society maintains the hiking and riding trails around Geneva Lake. Campers should be aware that campsites in the Geneva State Forest are first-come-first-served and do not have potable water (dry/primitive camping).

Number of Sites 10

Pad Type grass

Elevation 196 ft / 59 m

Tent Camping Yes

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Last reported 5/28/2020

Reviewed 5/28/2020

Nightly rate: $1
Days stayed: 4
Site Number: 0
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Geneva State Forest campground is a primitive campground, situated at a lake near Kinston AL. The grass campground is shaded with pine trees. It is quite unlevel, perhaps about 8 inches in 20 feet. There are two porta-potties; a total of 6 picnic tables with trash cans; no water or electricity or waste water dump. There is a boat launch ramp and two fishing piers. There are no hiking trails per se, but it's a pleasant and easy walk along the dirt roadway that extends from the campground around to the far side of the lake. (Don't try to drive your rig down this road; there's little opportunity to turn around.)
Camping is done in the designated picnic area, and while there are no specifically designated campsites, far more than 6 RV's could set up amongst the widely separated picnic tables. You camp near the lake shore and each morning you are greeted at sunrise by a brilliant sun shining across the long expanse of lake.
During my 4 day stay, there were no other RV's, and only one other car camper. Most visitors come for the fishing, stay an hour or two, and are gone.
FEES: $2 per day per person age 16-59. $1 per day per person age 60+. Note the fee is per person, not per campsite.
DIRECTIONS: If you are approaching from the West, your GPS may try to take you down some nasty dirt roads. It's best to approach from the East, off of US-54. Starting at the intersection of US-54 and Forest Area Road, set your odometer to zero. From this point it is a total of 3.9 miles down Forest Area Road to the campsite. Forest Area Road is a dirt road in fair condition. At 1.2 miles you will come to a sign designating the entrance of Geneva Forest. To your left is a clearing with a pay station and path to forest headquarters. Do NOT pay here. You will pay at the pay station at the campground. At 1.9 miles you will pass over a bridge. At 2.8 miles you will pass some farm houses on your right. At 3.3 miles you will see a sign “Geneva State Forest Lake”. Turn right here. At 3.9 miles you arrive at the campground entrance and will see the pay station. If you like a nice quiet place of solitude, yet still having a connection with civilization, you might like this spot.

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  • dry camping
  • boat ramp
  • fishing
  • OHV
  • recreation trail
  • water access
Site Amenities
  • picnic table
  • trash
  • pets


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