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Gulf State Park Campground
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Reviewed September 9, 2010

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!

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank clpayne
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Reviewed August 9, 2010

We have stayed at the campground 3 times and plan to go back. Bath houses are super clean and although we have a bathroom in our travel trailer, we use the bathhouses everytime. I can't wait until they have the pool area ready, it looks like it will be very modern when complete. For simple camping people we love this campground. It would be nice if they had a trolly that carried campers to the beach.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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1  Thank jtman1
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Reviewed July 27, 2010

RESTROOMS AND SHOWERS ARE SPOTLESS. Thats the only thing I can really say thats nice about this place. The staff has been quite rude, aloof, disorganized and unprofessional and un-knowledgeable every time we have stayed here. Every time we visit there is some new procedure for pulling through the gate area and checking in. The Hugh S Branyon bike trails and convenient location to other places nearby is the main reason we stay, BITING FLIES in some areas are terrifying.The pool and clubhouse is under construction and there is no wi-fi. VERY HOT <>NO SHADE<>NO BREEZE unless you are on the canal area. Florida's Big Lagoon State Park is a much better choice and offers more secluded/private sites and trails, playgrounds, observation tower, amphitheater, and much more, and is only about 20 miles from here. Bottom Line...Im going to say....ITS OK TO STAY HERE< JUST DONT EXPECT MUCH AND YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank vocal_local
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Reviewed June 15, 2010

Contrary to the other reviews about the park being unsafe, or that there is no "privacy"...? It is a campground! There are plenty of campsites to select from, each of which has ample space and is well maintained. There are two-lane roads throughout the park, and they are able to accommodate bicycles just fine - the park has a speed limit of 25mph. Make sure you see Big George, the resident Gator! Look near spot 405...no one camps there, so you won't bother anyone!

As for their BATH HOUSE - AMAZINGLY CLEAN AND UP TO DATE. I am in the hotel business, and the cleanliness merits a 4 Star rating! I know how hard it is to keep a bathroom looking clean, and this camp ground has done a GREAT job!

Not too much shade, but blame Hurricane Ivan for that! Just ask for a shady spot and the staff will accommodate.

As for the staff not knowing about the conditions in the Gulf with the oil...while we were there, the flag colors changed 3 times in 3 days. No one should be blamed for the conditions in the Gulf except BP. There is no way to know minute-by-minute what is happening. We were not able to swim because of the double red flags, but the staff encouraged us to travel further east for the day...we did, and we "out-ran" the oil for a fantastic family day at the beach!

Visit Alligator Alley while you are there...something else to do away from the beach!

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with family
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6  Thank texashotelguy
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Reviewed June 9, 2010

We didn't actually stay the night at the park because we were not initially impressed. The women at the registration office were very nice but not knowledgable about the oil conditions. We were told that red flag meant that swimming was not allowed, which we know is not true. Red flag means high surf. There were many people on the beach and in the water but we chose not to chance the dangers of the oil and dispersants used in the water. The site we were given at first did not have any shade or privacy of any sorts. It was a cramped site. Maybe some other areas of the park are not as bad. I do believe that once all the construction and reconstruction of the park is done and the water is safe that it will once again be a nice park.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with family
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1  Thank cda618
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Reviewed May 22, 2010

As soon as the recreation area is finished with construction this will be a 5 to include a swimming pool, tennis courts and wifi. The campgrounds are positioned for semi privacy and are nicely spaced with options for sun or shade. We camped in one of the newer pull-through sites along the canal. The few extra dollars per night for this premium site puts you right on the water and much closer to the path to the beach. The bathrooms were well lit, updated and clean. We even had Mr. Alligator swim by in the canal one evening.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled with family
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4  Thank RoswellTheAirstream
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Reviewed April 10, 2010

Keeping in mind that the campground activities center is under construction, this campground was outstanding! The grounds are very clean and well kept, the bath facilities were the best we have seen in a long time. Roads and site pads are paved so dust is minimal. When the laundry facility and fun center is done, this place will be near perfect. The campground is secluded enough to offer nice quiet get away, yet close driving to all nearby attractions and beaches. The staff was helpful and curteous.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled with family
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2  Thank jkevans
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Additional Information about Gulf State Park Campground

Address: 22050 Campground Rd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542-6700
Location: United States > Alabama > Gulf Shores
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 40 Specialty Lodging in Gulf Shores
Number of rooms: 496
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 
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