Gulf State Park

About Gulf State Park

Gulf State Park Beach View. Photo by Farren Dell
A Serene Afternoon of Gulf Oak Ridge Trail
Conradina Blooming in the Park. Photo by Farren Dell
Children Enjoying the Park. Photo by Farren Dell
Middle Lake Overlook Boardwalk
Yellow Bellied Slider in a Pond. Photo by Farren Dell
Osprey Soars Through the Sky. Photo by Farren Dell

ATTENTION: Due to hurricane Sally, the Park is conducting a long-term recovery operation. The majority of trails are open to the public, as well as recreational areas throughout the Park.  Please visit the "Hurricane Sally Park Updates" page for more info. Thank you for your understanding and please be safe. Follow the Gulf State Park FB page to keep up with recovery updates.  



For information regarding current park operations, please click here. This "Visitor Need to Know" document provides an overview of Gulf State Park, including current hours of operations for all facilities, expected reopening dates for closed facilities, amenity availability, contact information, and much more!




In order to serve you most efficiently and safely, we are implementing a few changes to the process for making monthly reservations for November 2021 through March 2022. We can’t thank you enough for your patience and support while we worked to reopen the campground after damage from Hurricane Sally, and we hope you find this year’s monthly booking process to serve you well during this most unusual year.


Due to COVID-19 guidelines, we will not be taking walk-in reservations for monthly bookings for November 2021 through March 2022. We recognize this has the potential to cause long wait times on the phone and require campers to continue calling to reach a reservationist and make a booking. Our desire is to prevent you from spending an inconvenient amount of time on the phone to make your reservation, so we will be implementing a call-back system. Any camper who desires to make a monthly booking must complete the Monthly Booking Request Form which will be posted on the Gulf State Park website at 8am on December 1, 2020 and will be available through 5pm on December 2, 2020. The form must be completed in its entirety. Only one form should be completed per household.


Call-backs (beginning December 2, 2020) will be made in the order the completed forms are received. To ensure that all campers are prepared to quickly complete the actual form beginning December 1, we have created an example form for your review. 


The purpose of the 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.


All call-backs will be returned by Monday, December 7. Beginning December 8, any remaining monthly sites will be available for booking by phone. Please note that no phone reservations for November 2021-March 2022 monthly sites will be accepted until December 8.


Please thoroughly review the following rules for reserving monthly sites for November 2021 through March 2022. These rules are in place to help us most fairly provide advanced monthly camping reservations:


  • All monthly reservations require a $200 deposit at time of booking plus a non-refundable $4.75 reservation fee. The $200 deposit will be applied to the final month of the reservation.
  • The $200 deposit is only refundable if the reservation is cancelled by August 1, 2021.
  • No reduction in the number of months will be permitted after reservation has been made. Campers must either keep or cancel the entire reservation.
  • 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.
  • 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.




We are excited to announce that the new online camping reservation system is now live. Feel free to make your reservations by using the new online tool, calling the park office or simply walking in. We encourage advance reservations. Please keep in mind this online reservation system is new. If you experience any issues we would appreciate your feedback. Thank you for choosing the Alabama State Parks.   


New Online Camping Reservation Tool


More info about new reservation system.



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



Campground Bathhouse Renovation

We are happy to announce that some of our bathhouses at the Campground are getting a much needed upgrade! Bathhouses 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, and 11 will be closed starting on July 1st, 2020 for a complete renovation of the facilities. This will be a great improvement for our guests at the Campground!




Please review Governor Ivey's Amended Safer at Home Order currently in effect until 5:00 PM on Friday, December 11, 2020. 


Gulf State Park has two miles of beaches, a spacious campground and a brand new Lodge and Conference Center 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. There’s plenty of educational adventure at our Nature Center as well as new programs starting at our Learning Campus and Interpretive Center. Boredom is about the only thing you won’t find here.


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. 


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.



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