Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores AL
22050 Campground Road
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
winter - will allow up to 4 months long term
Reservations can be made for a particular site.
CHECK IN/OUT: Check in at 2 pm/Check out at 11 AM
MAPS: At Entry Gate
PULL THRUS: Yes
PICNIC SHELTERS: Yes
SITE SURFACE: Paved
HOOK-UPS: Water & 30/50 Amp
Good T-Mobile Signal
DUMP STATION: Yes
SHADE TREES: Yes
BOAT RAMP: Yes
FEATURES: Beach, pier, restaurants, bike/hiking trails, camp store, nature center, dog park
PET FRIENDLY: Yes
Hummingbird Zipline Course
Pleasure Island Parasailingere
Gulf State Park is located in the city of Gulf Shores on the coast of Alabama. The park consists of 6,150 acres with two miles of beach. There is camping, cottages, trails and fishing. There is also tennis, group pavilions, 18-hole golf course and a 900 acre lake.
The park opened in 1939, two years after the Intracoastal Waterway was completed. It wasn’t until the 1970s when the state became interested in developing facilities, and in 1972 a campground and beach pavilion were completed. Mr Hugh Branyon took over the park as superintendent in 1976 and spent 30 years managing. In 1979 Hurricane Frederic struck the park and the entire area was 3 to 5 feet under seawater badly damaging the pier and old lodge.
We camped here in early December 2019 on our way down to Florida for the winter. We had a full hook-up site on the bay. It was a short 1 1/2 mile bike ride to the beach with an option to cross the highway or go across the bridge. There are also trails inside the park for hiking or biking.
There are 28 miles of paved trails or boardwalks, including seven trails of the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail complex. We rode our bikes on the Rosemary Dunes 2 mile paved trail and walked the Gopher Tortoise trail. We look forward to returning here to explore this beautiful area.
The Hurricane Ridge Trail begins at the camper check-in station and follows a ridge until it dead ends at Middle Lake Trail
The Middle Lake Trail begins at the Nature Center and follows Middle Lake until it intersects with Hurricane Ridge Trail. Watch out for alligators on this trail.
The easy Bear Creek Trail used to be an old paved road heading to Orange Beach. The trail starts at the main campground road and intersects with County Road 2. You can return to the campground by following County Road 2 or by turning onto either Bobcat Branch Trail or Alligator Marsh Trail. This trail is the most accessible to Handicapped and campers with small children in strollers. There are signs along the way to identify many of the local trees and shrubs.
The Alligator Marsh Trail winds besides a small canal and is perfect for viewing small alliators, turtles, frogs and other small animals. Watch out for the Saw Grass scratching your legs.
DIRECTIONS FROM ATLANTA:
From Atlanta take I-85 S to I-65S
Take exit 37 onto AL-59S
Take I-10 E in Loxley AL
Follow I-10 E to Baldwin Beach Express
Take exit 49
Continue to Gulf Shores