Gulf State Park

RV and Primitive Campground

Gulf State Park Campground Empty Site With Trees

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Welcome to Gulf State Park Campground



Located 1.5 miles from the white sand beaches, Gulf State Park Campground offers 496 improved full - hookup campsites with paved pads and with 8 primitive tent-only sites.  Tents are welcome on all sites.

All full hookup camping pads are at least ~45' (most back-ins) to ~65' (most pull-throughs) long with more than enough room for RVs with pullouts, have picnic tables, and pedestal grill tops (no fire rings are available, but you are welcome to bring your own that are above ground). There are 11 modern, air-conditioned bathhouses throughout the Campground.


Campground office hours are from 7am - 7 pm daily. If you are arriving late, you will receive an email confirmation that will include your gate code.




Campground Map


Campground Rules and Regulations


We're fine-tuning our brand-new reservation system to ensure it's calibrated just right, so we can provide you with a seamless experience and prevent any unnecessary hassle. Your patience is greatly appreciated as we navigate through this process.


For faster service please try online first which you can do 24/7. The system does go down occasionally so please feel free to call us at (251) 948-7275 ext 1 from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

We are happy to announce that all of our bathhouses in the Campground have received a much needed upgrade!



Campground Mural


Campground Mural 2022

This beautiful mural was designed by Elyse Dilks and panted by the Gulf Shores High School Art Department. Elyse was a summer intern (2021) who loved teaching about reptiles and is an amazing artist. The students of Gulf Shores High School Art department brought out their artistic skills and worked together to complete this mural in just a few days! On your visit to Gulf State Park, remember to come by the mural and get a great family photo!


Special thanks to:

Elyse Dilks, Austin Boyd, Trenton Hinman, Alisha Daily, Brian Brunick, Allie Holiday, Maggie Myers, Julia Bratton, Deanna Hall, Fernanda Larenas, Stephanie Perkins, Kaleigh Davis, Ethan Sharkey, Anna Grace Fields, Aleah Ribierio, Liberty Goldman




Special note:

  • Waverunners and jet skis are not allowed in Gulf State Park Lake Shelby for safety reasons.
  • Firewood: Buy it where you burn it. Leave firewood at home. Transporting firewood can bring invasive insects to our delicate forest. Please do not bring firewood with you.
  • Gulf State Park is home to many types of wildlife, including alligators. Please be aware at all times. For detailed information, please see our Wildlife Safety recommendations.
Alabama State Parks 2020 Travelers' Choice Award