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Horse Pens 40, Steele

4.8
#59 of 63 in Nature in Alabama
Horse Pens 40 is a privately owned outdoor nature park located in St. Clair County near Steele, Alabama. The park is situated atop Alabama's third-highest mountain, Chandler Mountain, in the foothills of The Appalachian Mountains. The park is known among the rock climbing community as a premier bouldering site in the American Southeast. The site is also home to a "Bluegrass Park" where it hosts festivals showcasing the genre several times per year. The biggest of these festivals occurs on the Fourth of July. The park features both RV and primitive camping.
The park is recognized by the Alabama State Legislature in House/Senate Joint Resolution 177 as "The Home of the South's Bluegrass Music". The park got its name from the original deed; which when allocating the area of the plot stated "the home 40, the farming 40, and the horse pens 40"; each tract containing 40acre of land.
Each year, the park hosts a leg of the "Triple Crown" bouldering competition.
The natural rock shelters located in Horse Pens 40 have seen over 15,000 years of human habitation. The park contains ancient Indian burial grounds dating from the earliest inhabitants of this area, all the way up to the time of the Cherokee removal known as the "Trail of Tears". The Creek and Cherokee tribes at various times used the natural rock formations to trap and corral horses, as a natural fortress in times of war, and as a sheltered village area in times of peace. The site played host to the only peace treaty ever signed between the Creek and Cherokee tribes.
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  • Spent a few nights at HP 40 this week & has a blast. The tent camping sites are super close to the phenomenal boulders. The bouldering is some of the best in the Southeast! Camping was $20/night but y...  more »
  • My husband went sometime back.he said it was nice.walking trails wedding venue.picnic area.horse back riding good place to meet up with friends and talk.  more »
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  • A wonderful venue for a concert or wedding. Or if you fancy camping that is one of the services offered at this amazing venue. The views are second to none and a wonderful place to take a hike. Spend an afternoon or the entire week and you will not be disappointed.
  • Great place to practice free climbing. Rocks aplenty. Plan to spend all day or to rent a site. Climbing rocks, forty acres of trails and tent sites and rock formations. Bathroom was poorly kept. Bring what you need, water, lunch, sunscreen, and bug spray. The land use is what pay for and what you get. We paid $8 per/person for all day use on a Monaday.

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