You’re a Nature Enthusiast
Many are surprised to learn that in addition to the beach, our destination is teeming with various outdoor adventures that immerse visitors in our coastal environment. Two of the most popular spots to explore the natural wonders of the Alabama Gulf Coast are found in Gulf Shores.
Located directly in the middle of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is Gulf State Park. With its 6,150 acres, there is much to see and do here. The park is home to Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail, the nation’s best recreational trail. These 28 miles of trails take visitors throughout the park, exploring its nine unique ecosystems. You can travel these trails by foot, bike, or Segway. The park is also home to three freshwater lakes ideal for the water warriors out there. The largest lake, Lake Shelby, is perfect for fishing, swimming, kayaking, and paddleboarding. Then, of course, we can’t forget the 2,448-foot Gulf State Park Fishing and Education Pier. One of the longest piers in the Gulf of Mexico, this is an in-demand fishing spot on the Gulf Coast. Lastly, the park boasts three miles of public beach access. Guests can access this beach by parking at the Beach Pavilion.