Gulf State Park Outpost

The Ultimate Guide to Campgrounds in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

One of the oldest types of travel in history, camping is an efficient way to pack up and hit the road for destinations unknown (or in this case, dreamed of).

On the Alabama Gulf Coast, our deep love of our coastal landscape has produced a variety of campgrounds where you can park an RV or pitch a tent to get up close and personal with nature. From luxurious RV resorts bursting with amenities to primitive sites that take you to a simpler time, our camping culture is as diverse as our beloved visitors - and designed to meet their every need.

So you only have to remember to pack the sunscreen, here’s your in-depth guide to campgrounds in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. 

Gulf Shores Campgrounds 

RV sites at the Gulf State Park campground

Gulf State Park Campground

The quintessential Gulf Coast campground is just 1.5 miles from our renowned beaches, making it easy to walk, bike, or drive to beach bliss. Camp any way you like - the park boasts 496 paved pads for hookups, 11 primitive campsites, and an outpost site with 11 pre-set tents and cots for easy outdoor living. But it’s not all roughing it! With 11 modern bathhouses, an onsite camp store, and complimentary laundry facilities, the campground offers all the comforts of home in its serene outdoor setting.

The great thing about this campground is you don’t need to stray far from your site for a day of family fun. Staying in the Gulf State Park offers easy access to its 28 miles of nature trails, an immersive nature center with daily activities, a pool and splash pad, and multiple athletic courts. When you do choose to venture out, you’re just minutes from the heart of Gulf Shores and its host of restaurants, shopping, and attractions

Bay Breeze RV Park on the Bay

This bayfront park is the picture of Gulf Coast living. Its 25 paved RV sites feature large, shaded lots with concrete patios and picnic tables so you can enjoy your morning coffee or evening meal in a comfortable outdoor oasis. Each site offers picturesque views of Mobile Bay and are steps away from the park’s private beach area and 200-foot fishing pier with boat slips. Spend the afternoon lounging on the two-story sun deck, fishing off the pier, or playing in the calm Mobile Bay waves. They even have a dedicated pet walk for your furry friends.

Amenities include an enclosed bathhouse, a laundry facility, and free WiFi. When it’s time to spend the day away from your site, your convenient location on Fort Morgan Road puts you just minutes from public beaches, Fort Morgan Historic Site, Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, and more! 

Couple on The Wharf Ferris Wheel in Orange Beach, AL

Sugar Sands RV Resort

This retro-inspired RV park takes your family back to a simpler time but is loaded with plenty of luxurious modern amenities. Each spacious RV site includes full hookups, 30/50 amp power, free WiFi and cable, and is surrounded by lush coastal landscaping and fun family areas. The whole group will love playing in the resort-style pool and splash pad, making s’mores around the large fire pit, running ragged on the playground, or gathering for a meal in the spacious rec center with full kitchen. 

For your comfort, the park also includes a bathhouse with private toilets and showers, a laundry facility, a fitness center, and a scenic dog walking trail. During your stay, it’s just a short drive up the Foley Beach Express to The Wharf, The Park at OWA, and the beauty of Alabama’s beaches.

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Orange Beach Campgrounds

Couple biking at the Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, AL

Buena Vista Coastal RV Resort

This luxury RV resort takes glamping to a whole new level. It offers some of the largest RV lots in the areas in tiered options that can include brick-paved pads, private fire pits and hot tubs, entire luxury coach houses, and more. You’ll be hard-pressed to leave your site, but it’s worth the short walk to any of the resort’s first-class amenities! They include a resort-style pool with lazy river and water slide, a private five-acre lake stocked with bass and bream, a clubhouse with an indoor heated pool and a fitness center, and a large enclosed dog park. 

Though the park has plenty of onsite options to fill days of fun, it’s also in a prime position for fun. Walk just across the street for easy access to Orange Beach’s famed beaches, or stroll to the back of the resort to access the 28 miles of walking trails through the Gulf State Park. Of course, it’s also just a short drive to the area’s best restaurants, shopping, and attractions! 

Public beach at Alabama Point in Orange Beach, AL

Heritage Motor Coach Resort and Marina

This luxury RV campground is nestled on a private marina on Bayou St. John in Orange Beach. Its unmatched RV sites include luxurious coach houses complete with kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, and more. The resort itself is dotted with impressive Heritage Oak Trees, scenic cobblestone walking paths, and lush coastal landscaping. Amenities include an infinity pool complete with fountains and jacuzzi tub, waterfront access via the resort marina and private beach, a two-story fire pit, and more. There’s even a complimentary business center where you can wow your clients and coworkers with your impeccable taste in camping culture!

If you can tear yourself away from all that luxury, the campground is just minutes from the best attractions in Orange Beach. Take a dolphin cruise with Cold Mil Fleet, enjoy the scenes at Orange Beach Waterfront Park, or head to the pristine beach at Alabama Point. 

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