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Gulf Shores, Alabama

Gulf State Park Campground

Gulf Shores, Alabama



Gulf Shores, Alabama
Phone: (251) 948-7275

Sites: 496
Recent Rate: $35 7/2016

Latitude: 30.2637284409025
Longitude: -87.6421988010406

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • ATT, Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT,Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 65 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 65
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room yes
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing yes
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit yes
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball yes
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean yes
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

173 Reviews

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Well kept and quiet. For a week stay there is a $35.00 resort fee. Best value and location. Round about way now to get to campground from the north. Over 480 sites and growing. We camped at Gulf State Park Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
183
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Make reservations.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

Wonderful state park full of lots of amenities and in great condition!! Amenities include a very nice pool and splash pad (for registered camp guests only), two small playgrounds, nature center, laundry facilities, Segway rental, tennis and basketball courts, fishing piers, dog pond and park, 14 miles of trails, nightly food truck, a camp store and numerous geocaching spots. Don't know if we've ever been to a nicer state park. Everything was very clean and well-maintained. Park staff was constantly visible and always friendly. Park was busy but not super full which was surprising for families in the summer. Rates were unbelievably affordable, compared to other private large campgrounds on the Atlantic Coast. The beautiful Gulf beaches are about a 5 minute drive away- you are given a parking permit to park for free at the Gulf State Pier or Pavilion. We camped at Gulf State Park Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
141
Site Surface
Asphalt, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Try the Segway tour- amazingly easy to learn the Segways and beautiful view. Great way to learn about the park. Try geocaching if you've never given it a try- tons of greats sites at this park. Lots of restaurants nearby as well as big box stores.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

This was our first stay at the park. The campground was awesome. It was very clean. Sites are private and have nice separation between them. We were in a pull thru that faced a small wooded area. The roads are all paved, amazing bike trails. Nice pool area. We cannot wait to go back! We camped at Gulf State Park Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
176
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Short distance from the beach, shopping, restaurants, etc.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

We have stayed at Gulf State Park for three different stays, each a week or a little longer. The sites on some loops are larger than others (the ones on Gator Road on the lake are closer together). We stayed on the main road all the way towards the back of the park this time and liked the sites there better as they were farther apart. There are loads of biking trails through the park and over to the city of Orange Beach. You can combine loops to make shorter or longer rides. AT&T 4G works great here. The prices have gone up recently at the park, but they do give you a free pier pass and free parking at the pavilion (which is normally $6 a day), so that does make it a little better. Lots of people bring their dogs, but all seem to be responsible pet owners for the most part. We will be back again! We camped at Gulf State Park Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 35
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a great State Park. Our site was a back in which was plenty long enough for our 40 ft. coach and toad. Site was a paved level site with a patio. Each site has a picnic table and grill. Sites are large with trees and plants between sites. Hook ups worked great, check in was easy with cheerful people. Lots of walking trails inside park, you also get a pass to the state fishing peer. Lots of great eating in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. We camped at Gulf State Park Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
416
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 73
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 18

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

Wow! This is what a park should be. Long, level, paved, back in site, with good separation and all hook-ups easily accessible. An asphalt patio with a grill and table. All facilities nearly new and sparkling clean. A laundry room to beat all others we have seen. A nice little camp store. A huge park, so bring your bicycles. Beach is only 1 1/2 miles away and you get a free pass to a long pier. Many restaurants and stores nearby. All kinds of camping available from primitive to cabins. Nearby history at Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines (after a ferry ride). While a little pricey, you get more than your pay for. Only downer was a elderly, grumpy lady at check-in, but she was just at the end of a busy day, so easy to overlook. Friendly campers. Gladly stay again. We camped at Gulf State Park Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
413
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 47
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $37.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here for 2 weeks at the end of February till early March. We were in a pull through site which was spacious with an asphalt pad. It is convenient to the beach and gulf shore/orange beach area attractions.

It is a large park with plenty of hiking/biking trails and amenities. The laundry facilities and camp store were both very nice and has a pier area on the lake. Speaking of piers you get a pass to the ocean pier which we used several times, it is fun to walk out and see the pelicans and people fishing. Did a lot of biking here and there is plenty of paved roads and dirt/sand roads for mountain bikes. We camped at Gulf State Park Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
484
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

For a local joint Doc's in Orange Beach is the place. For a larger restaurant we enjoyed Acme Oyster House in Gulf Shores and don't forget Lambert's (home of the throwed roll) in Foley.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here for 3 months
Very nice park with lots of amenities
We enjoyed the biking and hiking trails
Beach was close by
Close to everything we needed
Really enjoyed the random jam sessions at various campsites that we would come across while biking through the park
We were always invited to stay awhile and join in if we played

We will return asap. We camped at Gulf State Park Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Sumac
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $37.00
Overall Rating:      

This is our first time here.

I know the rates have gone up but given the cost of rebuilding the park as well as the general lack of funding afforded by the legislature the increase seems warranted.

I work each day so I as not able to participate in the activities presented here but the SO was and she enjoyed them. I guess once the snowbirds flock in the activities will be expanded.

The site was a pull through on the canal and was excellent. It was level and roomy for our 40' rig and toad. It is Ashpalt with a patio (cement I think).

It was a stretch to the sewer but my sewer extension made it no problem. Each site has a table and a charcoal grill it seems.

Showers and bathrooms were clean, fully functional and well located.

It would be nice to have a little cafe on site and there was a questionnaire distributed about that.

The weather was not great. We stayed 15 days and 3 out of every 5 had rain with some pretty strong rain and wind. However, that is not the campground's responsibility and we still enjoyed the stay. We did get to play golf at the State Park course which is a nice course and reasonably priced for Seniors.

All the people - workers and fellow RVers were very friendly.

This is definitely on our list of parks to stay - but maybe Feb-March rather than December. We camped at Gulf State Park Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
470
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Pretty much anything we needed was within a short drive. A place called Fora-Bama had a Christmas Potluck (free - bring a dish). We went and it was very good.

Apparently the place (which is quite a complex) has a number of such activities on a routine basis.

Also tried the Shrimp Shack as recommended by another reviewer (went there twice).

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $37.00
Overall Rating:      

RV cement site was very spacious with pull thru, picnic table, and grill. Surrounded with plants, some grass, and lots of birds. Not too close to other sites. A lot of showers/restrooms conveniently located that were very clean. And warm on those chilly mornings! I love this park! They have guided nature walks on trails and to the pier. They have a nice little museum that shows nature movies and other 'oldies' movies at least one day a week. The laundry room is spacious with a nice covered patio area you can sit under while waiting. They also had different weekly functions in the activity building: each week those campers who are talented musicians or singers gave a little 'concert'. The pool is very large but I didn't use. We were there 2 weeks. Just wish the weather had been nicer. We camped at Gulf State Park Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Check-in was very quick. We asked to move our assigned spot from next to restrooms to a more secluded area and permission was granted. Sites are large but many are loaded with red ants and sand spurs. We could not walk dogs on grass because of sand spurs getting in their paws. Park is very close to pier and Orange beach. Pool closed on Nov. 1, which was disappointing since the temps remained in the mid 80's. We would not return only because of ants and sand spurs. We camped at Gulf State Park Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $41.00
Overall Rating:      

Be prepared to be surprised about the rates this year. As of Nov 1 the rates have increase 8% plus now they tack on also a resort fee of $7/night, $35/week and $70/month on top of the 8% increase. They don't have wifi anymore, I was told that they had too many problems with it so they are not going to have it anymore. The park and bathrooms are still very clean. The grass at the campsites needed cutting. My nightly rate was based on a weekly rate. This park does have excellent bike trails. We camped at Gulf State Park Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
309
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Park was nice , sites are large and not too tight , showers clean etc. No Wi-Fi and no explanation other than it was down. TV reception was good, lots of local channels available.

We had a good stay although I thought $40 per night was a little pricey . Lots of sites had shady areas , we'll probably stay here again. It's close to town and easy to find. We camped at Gulf State Park Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
61
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Golf course is nearby as are the zip lines

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

5 minutes drive to the beach. All paved roads and slots. Cleaning up weed type trees that came in from the hurricane years ago and lost a lot of trees from fire several years ago, but still lots of space between slots. Lots of great trails and great for bike riding. Close to town and shopping/food but still feel away from it all. Full hook ups. Love this place. We camped at Gulf State Park Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
477
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Ask at the office for food recommendations. Locals always know.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $47.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed four nights at Gulf State Park campground, as we love to ride the trails near the park. We have stayed here for a few nights each year for the past five years. We have become somewhat disappointed with this park because they do not enforce some of their own rules. It clearly states that only two vehicles and eight people are allowed per site and no parking on the grass. The site we were on, Live Oak Waterfront, didn't have enough grass around it for our dog to find a place to do her business. We noticed one site close to us that had five vehicles parked with 4 of the 5 on the grass. On this stay we noticed that many people with pets do not pick up their pets waste. We had to pick up four piles around our site when we arrived, very dissapointing. We will continue to visit GS Park in the future but only for a few nights. If they would just enforce their own rules the appearance of the park would be much better. Sounds like they are going to start allowing site specific reservations one year out. For the experienced people that know how to work the system, it will be very difficult to get a site you like. I still think reservations on a specific road then first come when you arrive is the most fair system. We camped at Gulf State Park Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
23 Live Oak
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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