Gulf State Park

About Gulf State Park

Waves Crashing at the Beach at Gulf State Park
Family Enjoys the Backcountry Trails at Gulf State Park
Twin Bridges Trail Illuminated By the Sun Close to Dusk. Photo by Farren Dell
Osprey Soars Through the Sky. Photo by Farren Dell
Conradina Blooming in the Park. Photo by Farren Dell
Middle Lake Overlook Boardwalk
Yellow Bellied Slider in a Pond. Photo by Farren Dell

Announcements

Winter Monthly Campers –

 

CLICK HERE  FOR WINTER MONTHLY CAMPING REQUEST FORM - Available at 8am on 11/15/2022

 

To serve you most efficiently and safely, we will be utilizing the same system this year for monthly reservations for November 2023 through March 2024. The monthly reservation request form will be available on our website at 8am central time on November 15. Please read the full details below.

 

Any camper who desires to make a monthly booking for any month(s) November 2023 through March 2024 must complete the Monthly Booking Request Form which will be posted on the Gulf State Park website at 8am on November 15, 2022. The form will be available through noon on November 16, but we encourage all campers to complete the form immediately at 8am on November 15. Gulf State Park staff will then call campers back in the order the forms were submitted.

 

The form must be completed in its entirety. Only one form should be completed per household. To ensure that all campers are prepared to quickly complete the actual form beginning November 15, an example form will be posted on the website ahead of the official form release. Please review the questions on the example form. Some questions require you to know which areas in the campground you prefer, so we encourage you to review the Gulf State Park Campground Map ahead of completing the form. We have simplified the form for this year so that detailed requests can be completed after the initial submission and timestamp. We appreciate specific site requests but understand providing those details can slow down the submission process. We want to ensure you have adequate time to provide details without it affecting your place in line.

 

The purpose of this form is to expedite the booking process and help us best serve you once speaking with you on the phone. Your responses on the request form do not guarantee your site or dates, but we encourage you to be as specific as possible when completing the form. Once you have submitted the form, you will receive and email within ten minutes confirming receipt of your form. Please refrain from calling the park to confirm receipt – there will be a support number listed after form completion in the case that you do not receive your confirmation email.

 

Call-backs (beginning November 15) will be made in the order the completed forms are received. You will be provided with your number in the queue, and we will provide periodic updates about our progress. We will attempt to call you at all provided phone numbers. If you do not answer, we will hold a site for you and attempt to call you daily through November 21. Please note that we cannot guarantee a site based on submitted preferences but will do our best to honor your requests with the site we place on hold. If we are unable to reach you by the close of business on November 21, we will release your site and you will need to call us beginning November 22 to make a reservation.  

 

Please note that no phone reservations for November 2023-March 2024 monthly sites will be accepted until November 22.

 

Please thoroughly review the following rules for reserving monthly sites for November 2023 through March 2024. These rules are in place to help us most fairly provide advanced monthly camping reservations:

1.       All monthly reservations require a $200 deposit at time of booking plus a non-refundable $5.00 reservation fee. The $200 deposit will be applied to the final month of the reservation.

2.       The $200 deposit is only refundable if the reservation is cancelled by August 1, 2023.

3.       No reduction in the number of months will be permitted after reservation has been made. Campers must either keep or cancel the entire reservation.

4.       If a camper does not arrive by the 10th day of their booking, the reservation will be cancelled, and the site considered vacant unless the camper calls to make arrangements and pay for the month in full.

5.       If a camper cancels a monthly booking, there will be a 30-day waiting period before that camper’s household can make another monthly reservation.

 

EXAMPLE RESERVATION REQUEST FORM

 

Gulf State Park has two miles of beaches, a spacious campground and a brand new Lodge 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. Discover the Park's incredible biodiversity at our Nature Center and take part in one of the educational programs offered daily by our Naturalists. Boredom is about the only thing you won’t find here.

 

 

Recreation

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. 

 

Accommodations

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

 

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.

 

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.

Alabama State Parks 2020 Travelers' Choice Award