Welcome to Gulf State Park

Press Release
October 13, 2017
Contact: Meaher State Park, (251) 626-5529; Gulf State Park, (251) 948-7275

Gulf State Park Pier Reopens After Hurricane Nate
Meaher fishing pier remains closed

With only minor repairs remaining, the Gulf State Park Fishing and Education Pier is scheduled to reopen Saturday, October 14, 2017. The pier had been closed due to damage received during Hurricane Nate, which made landfall in southeast Louisiana and again near Biloxi, Miss., on Saturday, October 7, 2017.

During the storm, several wooden panels were blown out along the pier’s walkway. The pier also sustained ruptured water lines and electrical damage. Some sections of the pier’s handrail lighting system remain to be repaired.

“Fortunately, the damaged caused by Hurricane Nate was not as bad as it could have been,” said Greg Lein, Alabama State Parks Director. “Thanks to repair crews and our staff we can reopen the pier on Saturday so that visitors can enjoy their planned vacations.”

The current pier was designed with removable panels that allow the force of the wind and water to be dispersed. This prevents damage to the pilings and caps on the current pier that replaced the one destroyed during Hurricane Ivan in 2004.

The fishing pier at Meaher State Park was also damaged by Hurricane Nate. That pier remains closed until crews can complete repairs and ensure it is safe for public use.

For more information about Gulf and Meaher state parks, visit http://alapark.com/gulf-state-park and http://alapark.com/meaher-state-park. Status updates will also be posted to the parks’ Facebook pages: Gulf, https://www.facebook.com/GulfStatePark; and Meaher, https://www.facebook.com/Meaherstatepark.

The Alabama State Parks Division relies on visitor fees and the support of other partners like local communities to fund the majority of their operations. To learn more about Alabama State Parks, visit www.alapark.com.

 

Gulf State Park’s two miles of beaches greet you with plenty of white sun-kissed sand, surging surf, seagulls and sea shells, but there is more than sand and surf to sink your toes into. 

Weekly Activities Schedule- please click here for weekly programs and activities. Guided kayaking, guided nature and pier walks, Geocaching 101, Pier Fishing 101, stargazing, touch tank experience, Jr. Ranger, animal encounters and much more.....

 

  Campground  

 

  Cabin/Cottages

The park offers 20 modern cabins and 11 lakeside cottages all withing walking distance of the golf course and short drive to the beaches.

 

Located 1.5 miles from the white sand beaches, Gulf State Park Campground offers 496 improved full- hookup campsites with paved pads and 11 primitive sites. Tents are welcome on all sites. All full hookup camping pads are large enough for RVs with pullouts. Campground features 11 modern air conditioned bathhouses, campstore, laundry facilities, swimming pool with splash pad, tennis/pickle ball courts, horseshoes, volleyball, Nature Center and weekly activities

 

 

 Over 3 miles of Beautiful White Sand Beaches and Beach Pavilion with concession stand for day picnics or rent it in the evening for a wedding or event. 
 
 
 Refuge Championship Golf Course and Grill
 
 
 Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail- 25 miles of paved trails for walking or biking. Rent a bike from our campstore.
 
Gulf State Park Fishing and Education Pier- largest pier on the Gulf of Mexico. Great fishing and sightseeing and the sunsets are amazing.  No equipment? Rent everything you need from our onsite Bait and Tackle Shop. 
 
 
Planning a wedding at Gulf State Park? Visit our Wedding and Event page for additional information as well as our Gulf State Park online wedding/event planner.
 
 
 Nature Center- stop by and get up close and personal with some of our local wildlife. Join us for one of our weekly nature programs.
 
 
Park Adventures-   We have so much to do at Gulf State Park  that you never really need to leave the park. Kayak and paddleboard rentals, Segway tours and bike rentals to explore on the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail, parasailing trips, beach service, Geocaching, Kid Cam Summer Camp and our weekly activities schedule has something for everyone.
           

Where to eat at Gulf State Park- 

All these activities are going to make you hungry. Check out where you can grab something to eat here at Gulf State Park. 

 

 

 

Area Attractions

The park’s close proximity to Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Foley, Fairhope and Mobile, provides Gulf State Park with several retail and restaurant options to choose from. The Five Rivers Delta Resource Center, Weeks Bay Reserve, The USS Alabama and Meaher State Park are all within driving distance.