Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park

General Information

Hours of Operation:

historical marker

Tannehill Park is a day use park open 365 days a year. Park usage is generally limited to sunrise to sunset including holidays except for campground activities and receptions. The visitor center is open from:
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday .
12:30 p.m. – 4:30 pm. Sunday .
Parking lots, restrooms and hiking trails are open every day.


Hours for the Iron & Steel Museum of Alabama are:
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturdays.
12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Sundays.
Closed on Mondays.
Admission: $2 adults • $1 Children 6-11 & Seniors 62+.


Visitors can experience the lifestyles and operations of the historic iron making community through demonstrations at the blacksmith shop and living history programs such as the Civil War battle reenactment.


Day-Use Admission:

$3.00 Adults (12 years and older)

$2.00 Seniors (Ages 62 and older)

$1.00 Children (Ages 6-11) ages 5 and under free

Annual Individual Pass:

$40.00 Adults (ages 12-61)

$25.00 Seniors (ages 62 and older)

$20.00 Children (ages 6-11) ages 5 and under free

 

Park Map & Trail Map:

Please follow the link below to view or download a PDF file of a map of the park. Map includes detailed sections of the Farley Field/Trade Day Area as well as the Historic Furnace Area. Also included is a map of the many hiking trails troughout the park.


Park Map–Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park.


Tannehill Trail Map


Mountain Bike and Hiking Trail Map



Alabama Historic Ironworks Commission Police Department

12632 Confederate Parkway • McCalla, AL 35111


  • (205) 477-5711 – Main
  • (205) 477-9400 – Fax
  • (205) 504-7610 – Officer Phone
  • (205) 504-0865 – Supervisor

The Alabama Historic Ironworks Commission (AHIC) maintains a full-service law enforcement agency covering over 2,100 acres at both Tannehill and Brierfield Ironworks Historical State Parks. Officers are responsible for promoting the safety and security of the Parks through law enforcement, community oriented policing, and assisting Park guests and visitors.


Currently, officers serve with the AHICPD at both Tannehill and Brierfield State Parks. Officers handle special events, routine patrol, and assist neighboring agencies during times of need. The department maintains emergency medical response capabilities, search and rescue, and a reserve unit.


The AHIC Police Department is under the leadership of Chief Hillary Castleberry.


You may reach Chief Castleberry via email

Mission Statement

The mission of the Alabama Historic Ironworks Commission Police Department is to provide professional law enforcement services and protection to all park visitors, their property, and the cultural and natural resources of both Tannehill and Brierfield Ironworks Historical State Parks. We want our visitors to have the opportunity to understand, appreciate, and enjoy the Park’s historical and natural heritage.


Vision Statement

The Alabama Historic Ironworks Commission Police Department strives to become one of the most professional and effective police departments in the State by creating and maintaining a safe environment for all guests and visitors of the Park both now and for years to come.


Value Statements

T – The employees of the Alabama Historic Ironworks Commission Police Department will consistently use TEAMWORK to accomplish our goals.


C – The employees of the Alabama Historic Ironworks Commission Police Department will consistently demonstrate COMPASSION while serving the guests and visitors of the Parks.


I – The employees of the Alabama Historic Ironworks Commission Police Department will consistently demonstrate INTEGRITY both on and off duty.


C – The employees of the Alabama Historic Ironworks Commission Police Department will consistently engage in open COMMUNICATION with guests, visitors, and co-workers.



Attractions at Tannehill

A visit to the many attractions at Tannehill State Park, including over 45 historical buildings, may be a day-long adventure. The Iron & Steel Museum is a southeastern regional interpretive center on 19th century iron making and the old Tannehill Iron Furnaces are among the best preserved Civil War era iron works in the nation. The furnaces are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


The John Wesley Hall Gristmill and the May Plantation Cotton Gin House are also popular with visitors not to mention the park's Sweet Shoppe. Tannehill’s collection of 1800s log cabins are among the most extensive in the South. Tannehill also offers the following attractions and activities:


  • Iron and Steel Museum. Hours: Tuesday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Sundays from 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. on.
    Closed on Mondays.
    Admission: $2 adults • $1 Children 6-11 & Seniors 62+.
  • Tannehill Sweet Shoppe
  • Pioneer Farm
  • Hiking trails
  • 195 improved campsites
  • Cabin rentals
  • Crafts cabins, (Open weekends, Mar.– Nov., Sat. 10:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m & Sun. 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
  • Tannehill Furnaces, (Among the nation's best preserved Civil War landmarks)
  • James Scott Young Country Store
  • Gristmill, cotton gin and more than 45 other historical buildings of the 1800's
  • Miniature Railway, $2.00 round trip
  • Fishing in the creek, $2.00
  • Picnic area
  • Tannehill Woodcarvers Club (Second Saturday each month)
  • Vulcan Forge, Second Sunday each month
  • Iron Pour Demonstrations (See Calendar of Events for more details)
  • First Saturday Class, April-November. Taught by resident or visiting crafters. Class schedule & information available at park office or craft cabins

There are many fun and interesting things to do at Tannehill. Please visit our Activities page for more information about planning your next visit to Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park.



Camping at Tannehill

Tannehill Park’s three campgrounds are busy and exciting places, especially during the summer months. Visitors from all over the United States gather to make friends and explore historic sites. Many return year after year.


Camping Fees:

$22 per trailer for up to 4 people, plus $4 for sewer hookup. $3 for each additional person.

$16 for tent camping up to 4 people, $4 for each additional person.

Registration is limited to two week period without special authorization from the campgrounds manager.

  • Please visit our Camping Page for more information on rates and services.
  • Please visit our Cabins Page for information on rates and reservation details.

Learning Center School Field Trips

The Tannehill Learning Center, which operates in partnership with the University of Alabama School of Education, provides interesting out-of-class educational experiences for Alabama school children.


Student costs are $5 per individual which includes admission and a free train ride. See the Education tab for more details.