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Gulf State Park

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Address: 20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL
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08:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 21:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Gulf State Park's two miles of beaches greet you with plenty of white...

Gulf State Park's two miles of beaches greet you with plenty of white sun-kissed sand, surging surf, seagulls and sea shells, but there is more than sand and surf to sink your toes into. Inside Gulf State Park there is a championship golf course, new beach pavilion, rental cottages, tennis courts, camp sites, hiking trails, Zip Line, and a fishing pier that is 20-feet wide and extends 1,512 feet into the Gulf. This and much more make Gulf State Park the perfect in-state vacation or out-of-state adventure.

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An extensive network of paved trails

The smooth paved trails make for outstanding bicycling. The paving is also an advantage for hikers as they would otherwise be on loose sand. The trails wind in and out of pine... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Park Ridge, Illinois
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Park Ridge, Illinois
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55 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The smooth paved trails make for outstanding bicycling. The paving is also an advantage for hikers as they would otherwise be on loose sand. The trails wind in and out of pine forests and low swampy areas. Some trails are on the forest ridge far above the beach giving great vistas. Lefty (an alligator who lost his right front foot... More 

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Tinley Park
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

One of the best parts of our winter vacation in gulf shores is the state park. It has something for any outside lovers. The beaches along the Gulf are beautifully maintained and extend for miles. For walker's and bikers there are miles of great paved trails along swamps and lovely southern pine trees . This year the park service was... More 

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This had been our first "snowbird" adventure at the Gulf State Park Campground...great place to park your RV! Sites are very generous with full hookups...some sunny, some with shade - you pick. Modern, clean bath facilities with laundromat on site. Lots of educational opportunities as well as social interaction. Hope to come back next year!

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Thank xSnappy2
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Usually I love Gulf State Park. However, this time there were some massive buildings being built right there behind the sign that tells you to stay off the dunes.....not too sure what's going on with that. No big buildings is the exact reason I love going here.

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Gulf Shores, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

There are several walking and biking paths at the state park.Restrooms at different location on the paths great views.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The paved walking and biking trails are great. Peaceful and scenic. Alligator viewing! It is free!! Many new trails.

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Decatur, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice public access to white sand beaches and the Gulf. You can walk almost forever on these beaches.

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GulfStatePark, Public Relations Manager at Gulf State Park, responded to this review

Thank you for writing a review about our park. We are happy you enjoyed our beautiful beaches. We hope you will come back and visit us again soon! More 

Shannon Ilinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Snow Birds down here for the month of Feb so I brought my bicycle as it's too cold to bike in IL right now. So far I have logged in over 300 miles in the park from Feb 1-18th. Lots of trails and new bridges have been built. Great for taking pictures of birds like Yellow-rumped Warbler, Osprey, Blue Heron... More 

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GulfStatePark, Public Relations Manager at Gulf State Park, responded to this review

Thank you for writing a review about our park. That is impressive that you have logged so many miles here! We are happy you come here to explore and bird watch. Come back and see us again soon! More 

Taylorville, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to camp. Offers a pool. The camping sites were easy to get to. Very secure and safe place. Does cost $2 to drive through if you aren't camping or even if you just come to visit someone that is camping.

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GulfStatePark, Public Relations Manager at Gulf State Park, responded to this review

Thank you for writing a review about our park. We are happy that you came to camp with us and we hope you will come again soon! More 

Mobile, AL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Have been visiting here since childhood. It is a wonderful place to enjoy the coast from camping, RV or a hotel. The rebuilding of the pier and pavilion is just the beginning. If you are a birder, bike rider or just want to hang out in the peace of nature. This is the place.

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GulfStatePark, Public Relations Manager at Gulf State Park, responded to this review

Thank you for writing a review about our park. We are so happy that you love our park and have spent so much time here. We hope you will come visit us again soon! More 

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