Camping at the Gulf State Park

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Camping at the Gulf State Park offers many options from the bold risk takers to those who need A/C and indoor plumbing.

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Cindy M. Jones


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Gulf State Park camping is full of options from primitive campsites to large lakeside cabins. This multifunction campground is located in the center of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Surrounded by thousands of protected wildlife acres, Gulf State Park offers a first hand look at maritime and forested nature. There are 496 sites with premium spots on the water, and 11 primitive campsites.

Twenty modern cabins,nicely decorated and roomy, flank the banks of Lake Shelby. Eleven smaller more quaint and rustic cottages are hidden within the natural settings of the park.

What Makes It Great

There are three spring fed lakes with canals throughout the campgrounds for boating and kayaking. A boat ramp, dock, camp store, nature center, outdoor amphitheater and activity building are centrally located close to Middle Lake. Although there is no swimming in Middle Lake due to the alligator population, Lake Shelby has a designated swimming area as well as paddle rentals.

Trails for hiking and biking wind through the campgrounds to the outskirts, some connecting to the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail system. The new Outposts Primitive Campsites offer tents with 4 cots, an outdoor water station and fire ring for those wanting to camp without the hassle of putting up a tent. Eleven bathhouses are strategically placed for the camper’s convenience. Several playgrounds, tennis courts, the Refuge Golf Club and a swimming pool are a few of the amenities.

Peak season are March to October. There are weekly and daily rates for peak season and monthly rates for off-peak season. Waterfront, adjacent, and off the water sites are available all within distance of a bathhouse. Camping pads for RV’s are paved and large enough for pullouts. All RV sites have water, sewer, electric, a picnic table and pedestal grill.

Who is Going to Love It

An excellent choice for families and couples wanting a quiet getaway with the option of activity within a short reach as well as couples or singles looking for an excellent spot to enjoy the Alabama Gulf Coast without the high costs of renting a condo or hotel room.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Directions to the Gulf State Park Reservation Office begins from the intersection of AL 59 South, (or Gulf Shores Parkway), and AL 180 East Fort Morgan Road Trail/Alabama Coastal Connection. Traveling 0.3 miles along AL 180 East Fort Morgan Rd. toward 1st Street, continue onto AL 180 East/Alabama’s Coastal Connection for 0.2 miles. Gulf State Park Office and Reservations on left.

Reservations information found on website or by calling, (251) 948-7275 or (800) ALA-PARK. 3 Night minimum. Open 24 hours a day. Check out at 2pm. Camping permits are required before set up. Maximum occupancy per site: 8 persons, 2 motor vehicles. Occupancy limited to 14 day except for off-peak season. Pets allowed on leash, must be picked up after. Only licensed drivers and vehicles allowed in park. No open fires except in grills provided at campsites. Alcohol possession and consumption is prohibited in Gulf State Park beach areas. Quiet hours enforced from 10 pm - 6 am.

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Camping at the Gulf State Park

20115 State Highway 135
Gulf Shores, Alabama, 36542
30.144573, -87.422948

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