The U.S. Forest Service announced that the Houston Day Use Area on the Bankhead National Forest will be open in time for the July 4th holiday. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the swimming and picnic areas as well as the boat ramp beginning this holiday weekend. According to Bankhead District Ranger Dave Casey, Bankhead National Forest employees and local contractors have been working to restore water, repair buildings and clean grounds for the upcoming holiday. The swimming and picnic areas will be open through Labor Day weekend. The boat ramp will remain open as long as water depths allow safe boat launching.
Camping loops at Houston Recreation Area remain closed, but campers will find recreation opportunities at numerous other sites including Clear Creek and Corinth Recreation Areas that will remain fully operational for the upcoming July 4th weekend.
The National Forests in Alabama encourage visitors to check its web site at www.fs.usda.gov/alabama in advance of visits or contact the Bankhead District Office at 205-489-5111.