Gulf State Park: Fun for the Whole Family!
Are you looking to experience all the Alabama Gulf Coast has to offer? If so, The Gulf State Park is just for you. At this park you will enjoy everything from camping, hiking, the gorgeous Gulf Coast beaches, a fantastic fishing pier, along with so much more.
The opportunities for fun and relaxation are limitless at this state park. The park offers primitive camping, cottages, cabins and RV hook-ups. Fill your day with hiking the 10 trails offered while you take in nature’s beauty. Be sure to bring your camera so you don’t miss out on photos of all the wildlife you come in counter with.
The fishing pier is an anglers dream! For a small fee you can fish right from the pier. The pier is 20- feet wide and extends 1,512 feet into the Gulf of Mexico. With the right bait on your line you are sure to catch various species of saltwater fish. If you would rather freshwater fish, the opportunity for that is offered at this state park. There is 900 acres provided by Lake Shelby for you to cast your lines into.
Do you have a dog you want to bring with you? The Gulf State Park welcomes your four legged friend. Your pet can enjoy the hiking trails, the campground and the picnic area as long as they are on a leash. When you want to free your pet from the leash you can do so at the Dog Pond.
When you feel like experiencing a day or night out on the town you can so! The park is located near various restaurants, shopping and entertainment for the entire family. Just because you are camping doesn’t mean you can’t get out and about to enjoy the town.
Gulf State Park’s Nature Center
The nature center is a living museum of plants and animals that are native to the Gulf Coast region. It is their goal to inspire people to care for the environment by expanding their knowledge of the state’s natural resources through experiences that lead them to understand their connection to the natural world. The Gulf State Park has weekly programs that include guided nature walks, beach walks. Pier walks, and a nature time. Through these educational programs, they offer a multitude of learning opportunities for children and adults about Alabama’s Gulf Coast. Additionally, GSP Nature Center works closely with the United States Fish & Wildlife Service to protect Alabama’s sea turtles through the volunteer program known as Share the Beach.
There is an entrance fee of $2.00 per vehicle to enter the Campground. Lodging and campground guests are exempt from this fee.
Hours of Operation: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday – Saturday. Closed on Sunday.
Fly across Gulf State Park on a zipline.
The Gulf Adventure Center at Gulf State Park operates its Hummingbird Ziplines, allowing thrill-seekers to fly over the park at Lake Shelby. If you’re down for a real adventure, head over and get strapped into a full-body harness. Once you complete the mandatory ground training, you’ll climb up a rope ladder to one of the eagle’s nests, towering as high as 90 feet above the ground. From this vantage point, you can see for miles. Look west toward Fort Morgan, north to see some of Foley, and east to the Perdido Key and Pensacola area. The thrill of this view is nothing compared to the one you’ll get soaring across the Gulf State Park at Lake Shelby. The zipline course is more than a mile in total, but each stretch of cable is about 380 to 1228 feet, carrying visitors over scenic views of the parks dunes, lakes and trails. As you fly, be sure to look out to the south and admire the sparkling Gulf waters lapping at the shore. Although the entire experience takes about two and a half hours, once you’re actually flying, you’ll be back on the ground again before you know it! Of course, if you don’t like flying, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy Gulf State Park. The Gulf Adventure Center also offers kayaking and paddle boarding rentals for use on Lake Shelby within the park.
We encourage you and your family to visit the Gulf State Park for memories that will last a lifetime. Free yourself from the stress of a busy town and enter into the tranquility that this park has to share! And if you need help with a Gulf Shores vacation rental, don’t forget that Anchor Vacations is here for you!