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Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority’s goal is to enrich the community with exciting recreational and cultural opportunities. Serving the entirety of Tuscaloosa County, PARA’s park and recreation system includes over 2,200 acres of green space, 25 public parks, six boat landings, six activity centers, an award-winning public golf course, walking trails, shelters and a multi-purpose arena. Each PARA activity center is unique and most include a gymnasium, workout equipment, walking track, meeting rooms and catering kitchen. To learn more, visit

There are a number of private country clubs for golfers including North River Yacht Club, Indian Hills Country Club and Country Club of Tuscaloosa. Public courses include one of the best public courses in the country, Ol’ Colony, in addition to The Links and Hidden Meadows. Ol’ Colony, a PARA property, is a beautiful and challenging 18-hole course that is home to the University of Alabama’s golf teams and The First Tee of Tuscaloosa. Designed by Jerry Pate, this beautifully landscaped and award-winning course boasts new greens and attracts players from around the Southeast.

With an abundance of water in Alabama, Tuscaloosa County water sports are always in play. Lake Tuscaloosa, Lake Nicol, Oliver Lake, Harris Lake, Holt Lake, Lake Lurleen and the Black Warrior River offer boating, fishing, swimming and sailing opportunities.

The Riverwalk is a popular walking trail that winds along the north and south banks of the Black Warrior River adjacent to downtown Tuscaloosa and Northport.

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