We recently spent 3 nights at the Gulf State Park - cabin 10. This is a 2 bedroom/1 bath cabin. The cabin was exactly as expected. It was very clean. They provided adequate linens and cooking supplies.
We had a dock 1 cabin over. However, the last 5 cabins or so did not have a dock near by. If you are wanting a dock/pier, be sure to request a cabin closer to the cabin entrance.
The only suggestion would be to provide blankets in the cabin. The beds only had a sheet and comforter.
The mattress in our cabin was hard. However, this is a PERSONAL preference. There will never be a mattress that pleases everyone. Some like firm, some like soft and others prefer in the middle. This is simply an observation and NOT a critique.
There is no internet access at the cabins. However, I believe there is access at the Visitors center and in the campground.
The park itself was extremely well maintained. The park is centrally located to shopping, restaurants, beach and any activity in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach. They have a very good trails systems for biking or walking. They also have tennis courts and a large swimming pool. There are 2 small playgrounds located within the cabins section of the park.
Our favorite activity was hiking the Bon Secour National Park. It's a 1.5 mile hike to the beach, but then past the dunes it opens to what appears to be miles of unspoiled beack. You have the entire place to yourself. Bring a back pack with water, snacks, etc.... and spend a few hours enjoying the beauty of nature! Worth the hike!
We would DEFINITELY recommend the cabins at Gulf Park!
One side note......we followed the scenic coastal highway back to I-10 W instead of 59N to I-10. Thought it would be fun to take the 30 min ferry ride. Ferry runs every 1 hr 15 min. We knew there was a fee, but could never find out how much in advance. The phone number I called the call never went through. We did not have internet access at the cabins and several locals I asked did not know. We are from the Houston/Galveston area and our ferry is free. We certainly don't mind paying, but imagine our surprise when we arrived and the cost was $21!!!! $16/car w/ 1st passenger and $5 for each additional person. Felt this was a bit excessive!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Approximately 1.5 miles from the white sands of the gulf beaches, Gulf State Park offers a 496-site improved campground including 11 modern bathhouses, pull-thru sites, back-in sites, water front campsites, and ADA accessible sites. Tents are also welcome in our campground. Great for spending time with family and friends, all camping pads are paved and big enough for large RVs with pullouts. All sites have water, sewer and electricity (20, 30, and 50 amp), a picnic table, and pedestal grill. There are laundry facilities and recycling bins located beside the Campstore to accommodate our guests. There are two playgrounds located in the campground. Gulf State Park offers very limited WiFi service and cannot guarantee service. New to Gulf State Park are 11 brand new primitive camping sites that include stone campfire rings, grill tops, and picnic tables. These new sites are nestled among the trees and on the creek, and include access to the bathhouses, playgrounds, and laundry facilities. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Gulf State Park Hotel Gulf Shores