Why Gulf State Park is the Ultimate Camping Destination

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We interrupt this DIY Home Improvement Blog to share about camping at AMAZING Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Alabama!

Do you ever just need to unplug and S-L-O-W D-O-W-N the busy pace of life? We do! I can be consumed with my consultant work, writing blog posts, creating social media posts, doing house chores, and all the demands of life. My “To Do” list is always a mile long.

We have the PERFECT place for you to unplug . . . or rather should I say, RECHARGE your battery!

Neal and I bought a small used camper two years ago. Our all-time favorite place to go camping is Gulf State Park. We don’t just like it, we LOVE IT! And here is why . . .

INCREDIBLE Bike/Walking Trails

There are MILES of walking/biking trails – – through the woods, over wetlands, and by the three beautiful lakes.

You see a variety of nature – – beautiful flowers, butterflies, honey bees, and even an alligator.

Neal and I took at least three bike rides each day and enjoyed multiple trails.

We nature throughout our bike rides.

The Spanish moss in the trees is so beautiful!

There are bathrooms, benches, and swings along the trail.

There is also a nature center, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, butterfly garden, geocaching, and amphitheater. Below is a picture of the Butterfly Garden.

Nice Camp Sites

Some are by the water, some are shady, and all have asphalt, a picnic table, grill, and full hookups. They are clean and there is plenty of space between the campsites. Click HERE to see how we updated our camper.

Our campsite was not on the lake, but we did have a view of the lake.

There are also campsites for tent campers. Those sites have full shade and fire rings.

When you visit the website, you can read the description of each campsite and click to see an image of that campsite.

Clean and Plentiful Bath Houses

The bathrooms are very clean and large. There are numerous bathhouses so all campsites are close to a bathhouse. Because our camper (and shower) is small, we used the bathhouse showers every day.

Walk, Bike or Drive to the Beach

The campground is in close proximity to the beach public access (Gulf of Mexico). There is a bike/pedestrian overpass, so you can ride your bike or walk to the beach. We opted to drive so we could take our chairs and a cooler. There is nothing more beautiful than the sugar-white sand and turquoise water at Gulf State Beach!

This picture is from Gulf State Park’s website.

Nice Pool

There is a large and well-maintained pool for family fun!

This picture is from Gulf State Park’s website.

Dog Friendly (and Dog Park)

Daisy also enjoys camping at Gulf State Park! We took Daisy to the Dog Park every day. She loved playing with the dogs and we enjoyed getting to know other dog owners.

Here is Daisy after we visited the Dog Park. ? She was worn out!

You don’t have to be a camper to enjoy Gulf State Park. There is a variety of accommodations, such as The Lodge at Gulf State Park, The Lakeside Cabins, and Eagle Cottages.

You can also just enjoy the trails and other recreational activities as there are several public access points for bikers and walkers.

Here are a few more pictures we took along the trails.

There is nothing more beautiful than watching the sunrise at Gulf State Park!

And now the day begins . . . ready for fun in the sun!

So, if you are looking for a great spot to vacation and want to make some great family memories, check out Gulf State Park!

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  1. Joe on 08/11/2020 at 10:35 AM

    Bring insect repellent. Mosquitoes are the worst I have ever experienced.

    • Suzanne on 08/11/2020 at 4:27 PM

      Great advice! We take a fogger and use it every night at our campsite. That makes a big difference too!

  2. Catrina on 08/12/2020 at 5:59 AM

    We are from Georgia and have stayed there two times. Our children rode bikes all day and made new friends. My husband and I were impressed and wish Georgia had such a nice state park.

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