Calling All Nature Lovers: Get Back to the Beach!

When you think of Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, white-sand beaches and clear waters are probably the first things to come to your mind. But, did you know there's another whole world of outdoor fun? The Gulf State Park boasts numerous trails and wildlife-viewing

opportunities for those who want to take a break from the beach and get back to nature.
Located within the Gulf State Park campground are nine trails that are perfect for hiking and biking. Each trail is unique in its flora and fauna. Some are heavily wooded while others offer plentiful sunshine.

Some trails, like Middle Lake Trail, offer waterfront views. Because the trail is paved, Bear Creek is the most accessible trail for those using mobility devices such as wheelchairs.

Geocaching is also a popular activity in the Gulf State Park, and is another great way to explore the trails and hidden-away areas of the park. The Gulf State Park provides geocachers with an online listing of geocaches throughout the area.

Lake Shelby, a 750-acre freshwater lake, is located within the state park and is a center of activity for anglers and families alike. Freshwater fishing enthusiasts have plenty of room to find their spot and settle in for a day on the water, reeling in dinner.

The next time you're in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, take a break from the beach and discover the other great opportunities and outdoor activities the area has to offer.


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