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Gulf State Park

Gulf State Park covers 6,500 acres including Lake Shelby, Middle Lake, and Little Lake, and over 2 miles of beaches, including the longest stretch of undeveloped beach in Alabama.


  • Gulf Adventure Center: A mile-long zipline course, plus kayak and paddle board rental on the lakes.
  • Gulf State Park Pier: 1,540ft into the Gulf of Mexico, it is the largest in the Gulf, and the longest in Alabama.
  • Beach Pavilion: Located on the the longest undeveloped stretch of Alabama beach, the state park beach pavilion provides parking (free to overnight guests), seasonal concessions, picnic tables, and air conditioned bathrooms with showers.
  • Refuge Golf Course: The Gulf State Park features an 18-hole championship golf course open year-round with a pro shop and snack bar. For Tee Time Call: 251-948-GOLF (4653) or 1-800-252-7275.
  • Swimming: Swimming is avalable on the beaches and in designated areas of the lakes. There is also a seasonal swimming pool for the park's overnight guests.
  • Fishing: Fishing is permitted within guidelines on the lakes and beaches and at the Park Pier. There is a small permit fee for fishing in the lakes and a fishing entrance fee for the pier (daily, weekly, monthly, and annual passes available). Alabama saltwater and/or freshwater fishing permits are required as they apply, and can be perchased at the State Park Pier. There is also a boat launch
  • Trails: Gulf State Park has several miles of hiking and bike trails, and some of the trails are paved for easy biking and good handicap accessibility.
  • Nature Center: The Gulf State Park has a Nature Center with a great staff of naturalists. The center is open Monday through Sunday, 9AM to 4PM, but do check the schedule as the center closes for scheduled events such as guided tours.

For rates, schedules and more, visit the park's website.


  • Cabins: There are 20 cabins with modern amenities at Gulf State Park. Four are one or two-bedroom "Woods Cabins", while the remainder are lakeside cabins in either a two-bedroom, one-bath or three-bedroom, two-bath configurations. All of the cabins come with full kitchens stocked with cookware, dishes and utensils, linens, sattelite television, barbecue grills and picnic tables, while the lakeside cabins share a series of fishing piers as well. The woods cabins are pet friendly, and two of the lakeside cabins are handicap accessible.
  • Cottages: The park has 11 new lakeside cottages. These three-bedroom, three-bathroom cottages feature queen beds in all of the bedrooms. Along with the same amenities listed for the cabins, the cottages also come with dishwashers and combo DVD/VCR players.
  • Campgrounds: The park has almost 500 sites. All sites are paved, some in pull-through and some in back-in configurations, capable of handling anything from a tent to a large RV will pull-outs. There are lake-side as well as ADA-accessible sites. Every site has sewer, water, electricity, a picnic table and a pedestal grill. Wi-Fi is available, and the grounds have 11 well-maintained bathhouses and two playgrounds.
  • Camp Store: The camp store is open seven days a week, and includes souvenir items and some of the basics for minor RV repairs. There is also a boat ramp and boat dock as well as laundry facility near the store.

For rates, reservations and more, visit the park's website.

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