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Changes and additions in the works for Lake Guntersville State Park

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- There are several changes and additions in the works for Lake Guntersville State Park.

Some local law makers and other officials have been discussing changes and improvements to the state park for some time. After months of those discussions, visitors are starting to see some of those ideas brought to life.

Some of those projects are ongoing, others are on paper. Park superintendent Michael Jeffreys says one is a new family friendly mountain bike trail. "They've got half of the trail now done, which is going to be our gateway trail," Jeffreys says, "It goes all the way around the golf course."

The second phase should be done this year.

Another project is what park officials are calling outdoor adventure recreational activities, or in other words something like zip lines and rope courses. "We should have everything together but it's going to be something that's really going to be a draw to our park," Jeffreys says. He says that should be in progress by the summer.

Other new components in discussion are an activities building at the campground, a splash pad, and an additional several hundred acres of land for more activities. The park also added an area that commemorates a portion of the Trail of Tears, which went through the park.

The goal is to draw more visitors to an already popular destination. "I'd love to see an adventure resort," Jeffreys says, "Something where you can come and book your stay and not have to think about what you're doing for the weekend because we're providing it."