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Gulf Shores State Park

This is my Mom and Dad's favorite fall haven.  If your there in November or December, look up Dick and Joanne.

Located in the city of Gulf Shores on the Gulf coast of Alabama. This place is big with over 6,000 acres, campground, golf course, tennis, picnic pavilions, primitive cottages, bike paths and over two miles of sugar white sand beaches. Bring your kids here for a hike and nature program.

The 18 hole championship golf course is near Lake Shelby where you can satisfy all your water sports needs. Lake Shelby is a 900 acre freshwater lake where you can swim, ski, fish or just lounge on your boat. This is a great place to hang if the beach and salt water aren't your thing.

Gulf State Park Cabins

If your in Gulf Shores and are looking for something a little more rustic than a hotel, check out one of the Gulf State Park's modern camping cabins. They have over twenty to choose from, some in the woods and some are located on the shores of Lake Shelby. You can choose from one room efficiency, two bedroom or three bedroom cabins.  They sleep between 2 and six people.  With the great bike paths, you can walk or ride your bike to from the cabins to anywhere in the park or to the Gulf.

All cabins have screened porches, barbecue grills and picnic tables. The lakeside cabins also have fishing piers and a shared fish cleaning station. The cabins are equipped with full kitchen including pots, pans, cooking utensils, dishes and flat ware. A microwave, coffee pot and toaster are also provided. Televisions with local stations reception are included. A supply of linens are also provided and towel and face cloths will be changed one time during a weeks stay.

Unfortunately pets and smoking are not permitted in cabins.

You can call Gulf shores for the latest prices.  In 2007, the cabin rate averaged around $110 per night in the prime of summer and dropped after September.  During the summer you can only make week long reservations.  Discounts are available for weekly stays. Check in time is 4 PM and check out time is 11 AM.

Plan ahead, reservation can be made up to a year in advance. A deposit is required for all reservations. You can make reservations by stopping in the park headquarters or by calling the park phone number below.

Fishing in Gulf Shores State Park

Fish from lakes, fish from rivers or on the beach... Gulf Shores State Park meets any anglers needs. The freshwater lakes and rivers are home to a variety of fish; bass, bream, crappie, catfish, walleye, trout...Or fish the ocean for king mackerel, amberjack, cobia, flounder, bluefish, tuna and more. You can buy fishing permits for Lake Shelby by the day, month or year, they range in price from $2.00 to $35.00. Note you will also need an Alabama fishing license! 

Gulf of Mexico fishing is limited to the beach ever since the pier washed away (hurricane).

Camping in Gulf Shores State Park

Gulf Shores State Park has almost 500 camping sites. There are sites with water, sewer and 50 amp electrical service. Large paved pads accommodate RV's with pullouts.  Everything's been redone thanks to the hurricanes which ravaged the Gulf region and washed away much of the park.  The campgrounds a good hike from the beach so plan on driving the mile and a half. Again like the cabins, plan and make your reservation early.

Camping in bikinis, guess it works since there's a ocean beach here.

Campground Reservations can be made by calling: (251) 948-6353 or 1-800-252-7275.

Prices for tent camping start at a little over $20 per night and go up to almost $40 dollars depending on the site and location in the part of the park you choose. Camping includes up to four people on your site.  If you're a senior, you get a discount.

Pets are allowed in the campground if you keep them on a short leash.

Picnic Areas

If your just coming for the day, check out one of Gulf State Parks many picnic areas. There are daily park rates for using the picnic areas. Unfortunately pets are not allowed in any day use area of Gulf State Park, including parking areas and the beach.

Golfing in Gulf Shores State Park

The 18 hole championship golf course is open seven days a week year around. They have a complete pro shop and snack bar. Rent carts or clubs. They have regular and senior rates for golf. 18 holes will cost you around $45 with a cart. Seniors pay less. If you like to walk you'll have to wait until after 11 am.

For a Tee Time Call: (251) 948-4653

The beach at Gulf Shores State Park

Gulf State Park has over 5 miles of sandy white bikini beaches in both Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama. The beach area in Gulf Shores (main park area) can be accessed from the beach pavilion area. Parking is charged at $5.00 per car per day. All areas in Orange Beach are free of charge to everyone.

Wedding on the beach?  If you are thinking of having a beach wedding, you'll need a permit from the state park.  You may also want to call Sugar Beach Weddings to help with accommodations.

The gulf shores state park has a new pavilion with large concession stand.  Bathrooms and showers are open throughout the year. A shaded picnic table area is also available that can be rented and reserved.

Throw a party on the beach!  Again talk to the park office, a permit will be required. You can also call Ike's Beach Service to rent beach stuff for you party.

Nature trails at Gulf Shores State park

Enjoy the beauty of nature and the gifts that it offers on one of the lovely nature trails in Gulf Shores State Park. Each of the trails in Gulf State Park is unique. All of the trails are level and easy to explore.  Click here to read about the details of each trail.

Don't pet the Alligators!

Map It: Gulf State Park, 20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Phone: 251-948-7275

Alabama State Parks 1-800-ALAPARK

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