Hurricane Sally Park Updates
December 1 -
The campground is almost entirely reopened for RV sites. Primitive camping remains closed until further notice.
November 15 -
The Campground has begun to partially reopen for overnight guests.
November 12 -
Power has been restored to the campground!!! We are still hard at work getting the campground cleaned up. In this video we are cleaning fallen trees out of the ditches to prevent future flooding.
November 7 -
We want to thank Oak Mountain State Park and Alabama Wildlife Center for taking care of our education ambassadors (birds of prey) after Hurricane Sally. They are loaded up and ready to come home.
November 3 -
Many of you have asked about the saltwater fishing.
Work began today reinstalling missing deck panels. The completed pier has approximately 1,100 deck panels that are all numbered and have a specific location on the pier. Over 200 were recovered after Hurricane Sally! Most of the missing panels came from the southern portion of the pier.
We are concentrating our efforts on opening the front half of the pier. Our contractor is starting with the decking panels (only 7 left to replace) and then the hand rails will be reinstalled.
There was significant damage to power and water lines that will need to be addressed prior to opening. Most of these lines run under the panels where there was a great deal of damage that is not visible to the casual observer.
We are hoping to reopen the first half (out to about 60 feet past the middle bathrooms) late this winter.
We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work to get the pier open again. We are as anxious as you to reopen the pier.
October 29 -
Assessments around Gulf State Park have been conducted and we are very thankful to report that Hurricane Zeta brought minimal damage. The Park offices have reopened and are operating on their normal day to day schedules. Please read below for the status of various Park entities:
All beach access points are open, with the exception of the Pier. Please be mindful debris and jellyfish that have washed ashore.
The trails are open and accessible. The following trails remain CLOSED: Bear Creek, all primitive trails, the western portion of Catman, the Campground Trail, and Lakeview Trail from the Lake Shelby entrance up to the fishing weir.
The Campground is closed. The status of reservations and arrivals has not been changed since Hurricane Zeta. Please continually check this page for future updates on the Campground.
The Pier and associated beach access point remain closed until further notice.
If you have questions or concerns, please call the Park at (251) 948 - 7275.
October 26 -
Most of the messaging remains unchanged from the updated provided October 20; however, sites that were listed as tentatively reopening on November 1 have now been postponed to November 12. Changes to the document related to those sites can be seen in green in the linked PDF below. We’re sorry we will not be able to open those sites on November 1 as we had hoped. Please click here for a PDF document with more information.
October 20 -
Thank you for your patience as we work to provide updates about your upcoming reservation and the campground reopening schedule. While we are still waiting on final updates from our contractors, we want to go ahead and share as much information as we can about specific campsites. The first set of sites will be reopening on November 1. The remaining improved camping sites will be opening on November 12. Please click here for a PDF document with information and reopening dates for specific campsites
October 16 -
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 email@example.com, 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.
MONTHLY BOOKINGS FOR NOVEMBER 2021-MARCH 2022 UPDATE:
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.
October 12 -
Attention campers with reservations through 10/19 - thank you for your patience as we continue to update our valued guests on their upcoming vacations here at Gulf State Park. Park staff and contractors have been working tirelessly to clean up debris and repair the damage from Hurricane Sally, but we are unable to reopen the campground in time for your scheduled arrival. All reservations scheduled to arrive through October 19, 2020 will be automatically cancelled. We will provide additional updates for guests scheduled to arrive after 10/19 as quickly as possible. We are processing these refunds as quickly as possible but please allow 7-14 business days for your refund to appear on your bank statement. Please direct any urgent questions about your reservation to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond as quickly as we are able to.
October 9 -
We have cleared several more trails within the park. The following trails are now open to visitors:
- Beach Mouse Bypass
- Cross Park Connector
- Gopher Tortoise Trail
- Coyote Crossing
Gulf State Park Campground and the trails within the campground remain closed.
October 8 -
Visitors may enjoy a day at the beach at following beach access locations in Gulf State Park:
- Shell Parking Lot (small parking lot east of Alabama Point)
- Cotton Bayou Beach - public restrooms and west boardwalk are open; east boardwalk closed
- Romar Beach - pathway adjacent to boardwalk is open; boardwalks closed
- Beach Pavilion
All other areas remain closed.
October 3 -
The following trails are now open for recreational use:
- Rattlesnake Ridge
- Cotton Bayou
- Rosemary Dunes
- A portion of Catman Trail
Open restrooms include one at the Rosemary Dunes trailhead and one near the Butterfly Garden (about 1.5 miles into the Catman Trail). Contractors are still out on the trails removing debris. If you come across a vehicle or equipment, please dismount your bike and move to the side to let them pass. A map of the open trails is available above. All other trails in Gulf State Park remain CLOSED to pedestrians and bikes until further notice. Visitors found trespassing in other park areas and / or trails are subject to a $300 fine (code of Alabama 220-5-.10(1).
September 28 -
Attention campers who had bookings with arrivals 10/03-10/31 - Thank you for your patience as we work to provide updates about your reservation scheduled to arrive between October 3 and October 31, 2020. We are not allowing any new reservations through October 31. We are doing this so we can best ensure priority to guests with existing bookings in case some campsites must remain out of order through the month of October. Teams are on site assessing and repairing damages and we are hopeful to welcome you to the campground as originally scheduled. We do not yet have a confirmed reopening date, but will continue providing updates. Stay tuned to this FB page and we will provide as much detail as possible about specific areas/loops in the campground.
Because we are working with limited operations, we ask that you please email email@example.com to request cancellations or modifications, and we will respond as quickly as we can. Please limit phone calls during this time if possible.
September 25 -
Thank you for your patience as we work to provide refunds for your cancelled campground reservations (9/15 -10/2) due to Hurricane Sally. Please do not be alarmed if you have not received your refunds, or if you are contacted by park staff about the refunds. We are presently assessing damage to the campground’s infrastructure, and how this may affect future reservations that have already been made. At this time we do not have a confirmed reopening date, but it may be in late October and we will continue to provide weekly updates on the status. Because of the uncertainty in the re-opening schedule, we will not be taking any new reservations for our Campground for the month of October until further notice. Please stay tuned to this FB page for updates on refunds, cancellations and future reservations.
September 22 -
The water has finally started to go down in the camper storage area. We are asking only those guest who have a camper stored there to please come and have it removed. Sightseers will not be allowed into the campground.
September 21 -
Reminder - All trails in Gulf State Park are CLOSED.
Crews are working very hard to clear the trails, but there are still fallen trees, damaged boardwalks, powerlines down, and much more. For your safety, please remain off all trails and do not cross caution tape or barricades to access these areas.
September 18 -
The Alabama State Parks North Alabama Strike Team arrives to help with the park cleanup. Staff members from Cheaha, DeSoto, Joe Wheeler, Lake Guntersville and Oak Mountain State Parks are members of the team that arrived in force.
September 18 -
To our valued guests, if you have a camper in storage at Gulf State Park you can anticipate flooding damage. Please call 251-923-7635 for updates on when the flooding has receded so that you can assess the damage or make arrangements for the removal of your camper. Please, ONLY those guests who have a camper in storage call our campground staff seven days a week from 8 AM to 4 PM to make arrangements. All of these campers need to be removed when the water recedes.
September 17 -
Attention campers that are scheduled to arrive between today and September 26th - Due to the impact of Hurricane Sally and the guidance from local government, our destination is closed to visitors for at least the next 10 days to allow the cities, businesses, and residents time to assess damage and begin cleanup and repairs. All camping reservations are being automatically cancelled and refunded. There is no need to call to cancel your reservation. Please allow 5-7 days for these refunds to be reflected in your account. As our staff assess the damages to the park from the storm, our phone and email responsiveness may be limited. Stay tuned to this FB page for any further details.
September 16 -
Attention campers that are scheduled to arrive between today and September 20th - Due to the impact of Hurricane Sally your reservations are being automatically cancelled and refunded. Due to the State of Emergency in Baldwin County forcing park closure, there is no need to call to cancel your reservation. Please allow 5-7 days for these refunds to be reflected in your account. As our staff assess the damages to the park from the storm, our phone and email responsiveness may be limited. Stay tuned to this FB page for any further details.
September 16 -
Hurricane Sally quickly wore out her welcome along the coast and Gulf State Park took a devastating hit this morning as she lingered along our beautiful beaches as a Category 2 storm. During the storm and then throughout the day, our staff surveyed the damage within the Park. The Lodge suffered minimal damage, but the rest of the park was not so lucky. Our newly renovated pier that was scheduled to open this week was severely damaged as wave action knocked out numerous sets of pilings between the “T” and the end of the Pier.
The storm surge then continued to push into the park throughout the day, making most of the park roads and the entire campground impassible due to flooding.