Gulf State Park – on the sugar-white sand of the Gulf of Mexico – is both a refuge and an attraction nestled between Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. While it has long been a treasure, its 6,000+ acres of protected lands have become a unique attraction bringing new attention and excitement to this coastal location.
The park contains miles of sugar-white beaches, freshwater lakes, and a popular fishing pier extending 1,500+ feet into the gulf. Amid the park’s nearly 500-site campground is the Nature Center where kids of all ages get to interact with native animals, insects and plants.
A recent master planning and redevelopment project has brought even more amenities to the park, along with a vigorous emphasis on sustainability. With the new lodge and conference center, Gulf State Park boasts 350 hotel rooms and the largest gulf-facing ballroom on the coast. The facility is not only a recreational centerpiece for the island, but also a showpiece for its sustainable design elements.
Extensive enhancements have been made to the walking, cycling and running trails that wind through a variety of habitats. Also added were new signs and kiosks providing information about the surrounding environment, as well as “pause places” designed for enjoyment of the views. New to the park is an interpretive center which incorporates interactive exhibit space near the beach pavilion with indoor and outdoor educational spaces devoted to coastal Alabama’s unique environment.
Gulf State Park is truly a gem on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. For recreation, for environmental protection, for meetings and conventions, and as a showpiece for sustainable design, Gulf State Park is one of a kind.