This site is at our river house (our local getaway!), The Steel Magnolia is our ugly steel house with two magnolia trees in the front yard (started as a joke and the name stuck). :) It is located on beautiful Dog River and we have 170' frontage on the River. We have a boat dock (it is old...use at your own risk). Kayaks and such can easily launch. Our yard water is from our well (safe to drink and taste better than most well water).
Since we have pet chickens that free-range and a working dog, all pets MUST be on a leash and attended. If you have a pet, please discuss this with us beforehand. Our gate is tied to our security system...so all guests must arrive by 6PM or before dark (whichever comes first). A gate remote will be provided if you plan to go out during your stay. Monday arrivals must be in by 3PM. Departure times between 6:30 & 9:00. These times may vary and can be discussed as needed.
Since this is our river house...you are apt to see our stuff parked on site, boats, trailers, work equipment, etc. The Steel Magnolia is a work in progress. :)
We are close to I-10 & 1-65.
*# of Rigs* We can only accommodate two rigs if they are traveling together (we only have the one driveway for parking)
We prefer No Smoking outside (if you do, no butts on the ground!).
Clean up after yourself.
Pets MUST be on a leash and attended.
No children outside without adult supervision.
Alcohol in moderation only & no recreational drugs
Quiet generators are ok.
"Nice" music outside is OK if not too loud!
No swimming in the River.
Do not feed the dog or chickens.
Our boat dock is old...use it at your own risk (fishing is allowed).
No dump station on site.
15 amp electrical & well water available.
Awnings, chairs, tables are OK
Sunset is a great time to take your chair down to the River, enjoy the scenery and a glass of wine.
Enjoying your outside meal down by the River is fine.
Outside cooking/grilling/firepit (your equipment) is allowed. Used charcoal must be extinguished & bagged for disposal.
Large trash can is available for typical garbage disposal.
Campers will have to back in from the street, through our gate and then straight down a concrete driveway. It is a bit tight. We can accommodate rigs to 40' but backing in from the street will be tight, but doable if you are not competent in backing your rig and don't have a spotter with communication ability...entry may be difficult for you. There is also a dip in the road at our driveway (super low-slung rigs may have a problem).
We live on Dog River. This is an old and depressed neighborhood...but still safer than most places. There are low hanging limbs that can be dodged easily. You can NOT follow your GPS for the last 1/2 mile. After entering our neighborhood I request that you "call" me and I will give you turning directions to avoid the low limbs.
On concrete in front of trailer.
No vehicle with leaking fluids will be allowed! (Trying to protect the River).
We can ONLY accommodate two rigs if they are traveling together...we only have the one driveway...but it is 280' long!
We travel a lot on the weekends so they are limited...but please check with me to see if we can accommodate you. I am not blocking every weekend on my calendar...again, check with me for Friday/Saturday boondocking. Monday arrivals will need to be in place by 3PM.
All arrivals, other than Monday, need to be in place by 6 PM or before dark (depending on the season). Departures after 7:00 AM unless otherwise directed or agreed upon.
Our main gate is secure, electric and we need to be available to open/close it. We can provide an opener/clicker for you to use if you will be out and about.
Historic downtown Mobile, Battleship USS Alabama, Bellingrath Gardens, Mardi Gras Museum, local water front areas.
It is a beautiful spot on the river and the hosts are terrific! They made us feel like family and we thoroughly enjoyed visiting with them a bit while we were there.
Good level parking in a secure area.
Afraid that if I give a 6 star rating the next time we pass by there will be no room.
Afraid that if I really say how nice a couple they are that others will monopolize them to the point that they won't be able to reply to my request to stay.
Afraid that if I say how much we enjoyed the sunset and chat around the campfire on the dock.
Afraid that if I say how much info can be gained by this smart couple others will flock there.
Afraid this couple is top shelf.
I am afraid I put a star by this listing so I can make it stand out.
It was a pleasure to stay here. The host were wonderful and accommodating. Will definitely stay here again.
A very comfortable setting for an overnight stay. Overlooking the Dog River, quiet and level. We communicated well to be sure I got there and when. And just minutes off I-10 in Mobile. Many thanks, and I hope to have a chance to stay again!
Fantastic experience. Good conversation and they went out of their way to accommodate me. Great spot by the river!
We spent 2 nights at The Steel Magnolia with hosts flyboy TR and his wife on the Dog River. Flyby TR was very helpful in getting us in and set up. We enjoyed our stay and spent a wonderful night sitting by a fire near the river and then the next night had a great dinner that Flyboy TR made. These are some great people.
Thanks for everything, we so enjoyed our stay
After a trying day. This stop was perfect. Wonderful to meet my hosts. Helpful too enjoyed them as well
We had a great stay! There was great communication leading up to the stay. They welcomed us like family. When we arrived they showed us around their property. The kids loved seeing the chickens. Their dog was just as excited to see the my kids as they were to pet it! The River was beautiful. There was plenty of room for our slide outs. They were generous to provide electricity and water. I would highly recommend staying at the steel magnolia!
We spent 1 night at the Steel Magnolia on our way west. Travis and Kathy were so warm and welcoming. We had a nice dinner with them at a local restaurant and Travis had lots of great camper tips for these newbies to trailer camping!
This was our first experience with Boondockers and it was superb! Any place else we stay is going to have a hard act to follow! Such a relaxing atmosphere and wonderful hosts!
We travel each year 4-5 months and do a lot of boondocking. And sometimes we come at a Very special place: good communication, nice talkings, friendly people, Great and peaceful place, nice drinks and a good diner etc etc. Steel Magnolia has it all!! Kathy and Travis thank you so much. Hope to come again when we come back to the USA. Love, Johan and Loes
We really enjoyed our stay at The Steel Magnolia. They are a friendly, fun couple.
They have a nice location on the river. These folks are also a fount of knowledge relating to health and many activities (see their profile). Hope to see them again soon!