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!
- 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