With more than 6,000 acres, an 18 hole golf course, 496 camp sites, and two miles of white sand beaches, Alabama’s Gulf State Park offers enough activities to fill an entire week or more. This wonderful park is located about 40 miles west of Pensacola, Fla. and 55 miles east of Mobile, Ala.
Park amenities include the 18-hole, Earl Stone-designed Refuge Golf Club, which opened in 1974 and stretches to 6,593 yards. It features three tee boxes, reasonable green fees at $27.50 for 18 holes, along with a driving range, putting green, pro shop, and the welcoming Refuge Grill.
In addition to golf, the park – which is set between the towns of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach – attracts outdoors enthusiasts by featuring numerous activities. At Gulf State Park you can paddle and fish in the 900-acre Lake Shelby, hike, bike, or run on the 15-miles of the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. The trail is actually a series of seven paved paths which bisect Pleasure Island, and cross six ecosystems from sand dunes and scrub forest to saltwater marshes and upland knolls. You can also explore the timeless beauty of the Butterfly Garden, the mystical freshwater marshes, and the coastal hardwood swamps. With terrain suitable for walking, running, and biking, you are sure to enjoy the stunning natural scenery unique to the Alabama Gulf Coast.
Gulf State Park’s two miles of beaches offers plenty of room to explore the beauty and serenity of this sun-drenched coastline. A new beach pavilion was recently added, and you’ll also find tennis courts, a zipline, and a fishing pier that is 20-feet wide and extends 1,512 feet into the Gulf; great for fishing!
With nearly 500 improved campground sites, there are plenty of spaces to accommodate RVers. You’ll find all types of set ups, including some pull-throughs, and many with paved camping pads. Modern bath houses are accessible to all campers and conveniently located throughout the park. Primitive camping sites are also available, as well as 20 cabins and 11 cottages.
Though Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer plenty in the way of dining and entertainment, the peaceful setting of Gulf State Park offers an oasis of activity right in the middle of it all. For more on the park or the local area, visit http://www.alapark.com/gulf-state-park, www.gulfshores.com, www.orangebeach.com.