Gulf State Park

About Gulf State Park

Gulf State Park Beach View. Photo by Farren Dell
A Serene Afternoon of Gulf Oak Ridge Trail
Conradina Blooming in the Park. Photo by Farren Dell
Children Enjoying the Park. Photo by Farren Dell
Middle Lake Overlook Boardwalk
Yellow Bellied Slider in a Pond. Photo by Farren Dell
Osprey Soars Through the Sky. Photo by Farren Dell

Alerts and Notifications - Due to hurricane Sally, the park is temporarily closed until further notice, with the exception of several trails. Please visit the "Hurricane Sally Park Updates" page for more info. Roadsides and the Campground are closed to pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Thank you for your understanding and please be safe. Follow the Gulf State Park FB page to keep up with recovery updates.  



Campers, thank you for your patience as we work to provide updates to you about existing reservations and scheduled reopening after damage from Hurricane Sally. If you have reservations scheduled to DEPART on or before November 1, your reservation will be automatically cancelled. We are working to process these refunds quickly, but please allow 7-14 business days. If you have urgent questions about your refund, please email, and we will respond as soon as we are able. If you have a reservation scheduled to depart after November 1, another update will be provided about your reservation by Tuesday evening (10/20). We understand the importance of reservation updates and want to make sure we provide as much information to you as soon as possible. We apologize for any delay you may have experienced and thank you for your understanding. Our utmost priority is ensuring you have a safe and enjoyable experience at Gulf State Park.




Another important update is about the call date for making monthly reservations for November 2021 - March 2022. The originally scheduled call date of November 1, 2020 has been postponed until December 1, 2020. More information about the process for making next year’s monthly winter reservations will follow, but please note that no monthly reservations will be made over the phone or in person on November 1 as originally scheduled. This change is to help us best serve all campers as we work to reopen the campground. Staff have been diligently working to ensure the campground can reopen as soon as possible, and we feel we can best serve you by making this change to the call date.



We are excited to announce that the new online camping reservation system is now live. Feel free to make your reservations by using the new online tool, calling the park office or simply walking in. We encourage advance reservations. Please keep in mind this online reservation system is new. If you experience any issues we would appreciate your feedback. Thank you for choosing the Alabama State Parks.   


New Online Camping Reservation Tool


More info about new reservation system.



Book Online Campground Reservations Here. 
Book Online Eagle Cottage Reservations Here.
Book Online Cabin Reservations Here.
Book Online Lodge Reservations Here. 


Campground Pool Re-plastering

Our Campground's pool will close next Tuesday on September 15th for a much needed re-plastering project. The project will take 2-3 weeks.


Campground Bathhouse Renovation

We are happy to announce that some of our bathhouses at the Campground are getting a much needed upgrade! Bathhouses 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, and 11 will be closed starting on July 1st, 2020 for a complete renovation of the facilities. This will be a great improvement for our guests at the Campground!


Gulf State Park Pier is Currently Closed due to Hurricane Sally

Gulf State Park planned to celebrate the grand reopening of its iconic fishing pier on September 16th, following the completion of a $2.4M renovation project. Unfortunately, Hurricane Sally made landfall that same day as a Category 2 hurricane and caused significant damage to the pier, destroying a large section near the octagon. Damage assessments are currently underway. Please check the park's official Facebook page for updates.





September 30, 2020: Gulf State Park remains closed due to damage from Hurricane Sally. Please review Governor Ivey's Amended Safer at Home Order currently in effect until 5:00 PM on Sunday, November 8, 2020. 


Gulf State Park has two miles of beaches, a spacious campground and a brand new Lodge and Conference Center to greet you. Yes, we have gorgeous white sand, surging surf, seagulls and a variety of activities, but there is more than sand and surf to sink your toes into. 

Gulf State Park is a destination you’re destined to visit over and over again. It’s the only way to enjoy all we have to offer. Just when you’re done hiking, it’s time to go biking. Tired of swimming and paddling in the Gulf? Swim and paddle in Lake Shelby. And if camping under the stars isn’t your thing, take advantage of our indoor lodging amenities. There’s plenty of educational adventure at our Nature Center as well as new programs starting at our Learning Campus and Interpretive Center. Boredom is about the only thing you won’t find here.


There is something for everyone inside Gulf State Park. The beach pavilion provides picnic tables as an escape from the beach, the nature center is a great place for the kids to learn, the swimming pool provides refreshment for our guests and the Lake Shelby day use area offers kayaking and canoeing. For a change of pace while visiting check out the fishing and education pier, miles of biking on the Backcountry trail, beautiful flowers in the butterfly garden, and additional education at the  learning campus, interpretive center in the near future.

Gulf State Park has a multitude of activities to participate in that includes: Hiking. biking, fishing, exploring, geocaching, paddling just to name of few. We even provide beach vendors for things like parasailing and kayaking. 

Use the ADCNR Interactive Map to learn more about the Alabama State Parks.

Use this park map to help you make your plans. 


Reconstruction of The Lodge at Gulf State Park, a Hilton Hotel, is complete, and new hostel-style accommodations are available nearby as well. The Lakeside Cabins and Eagle Cottages are also available for overnight stays. Longleaf pines and the local palmetto forest surround our four “woods cabins”. Remaining “lakeside cabins” along Lake Shelby offer swimming, fishing, and sunrise walks right outside your front door. And with recent trail enhancements, waking up to jog or bike ride is easier than ever.

The park’s 20 cabins provide guests with beautiful views of Lake Shelby or the beautiful longleaf pines and the palmetto forest of coastal Alabama.

Guests choose to stay at Eagle Cottages because of all the fishing, swimming, boating, and other activities found along the shores of Lake Shelby. This 900-acre freshwater lake is one of the closest to saltwater along the Gulf of Mexico.

From canvas tents to full hook-up RV sites, camping comes naturally to our guests. We offer a 496-site improved campground including 11 modern bathhouses, pull-thru sites, back-in sites, waterfront campsites, and ADA accessible sites. Our paved camping pads fit large RV’s and provide full hookups with water, sewer, electricity, a picnic table, and pedestal grill. The park even has 3 new “glamping” sites and 11 primitive camping sites that include stone campfire rings, grill tops, and picnic tables nestled among the trees and along the creek.



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.

Alabama State Parks 2020 Travelers' Choice Award