Gulf State Park has become a mecca for lovers of the great outdoors vacationing on the Alabama Gulf Coast. A destination within the destination, there’s so much to see and do within the park’s 6,150 acres and 28 miles of trails. Scroll down to learn more about the activities and other things to do at Gulf State Park.
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Adjacent to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is Gulf State Park with 6000 acres spanning the Alabama Gulf Coast and is home to nine unique ecosystems. Once in the park, you will find three lakes, trails, dining, and lodging. You also can't forget the three-and-a-half miles of beach for you to enjoy. Whether you like relaxing or want to take an adventure, Gulf State Park has something for everyone to enjoy.
The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail at Gulf State Park
The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail is an award-winning 28+ mile paved trail system that takes visitors throughout the 6,150 acres of Gulf State Park. USA Today named the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail the best recreational trail in the country for 2023. The trails are multi-use, meaning they are suitable for hikers and cyclists and are ADA-accessible. Trailheads surround the park's perimeter, making it easy to find and access while vacationing on our shores. While many enjoy walking and hiking on the trails while taking in the views, we suggest biking or booking a Segway tour if you want to cover more ground Segway tour. Check out the trail map and begin exploring!
The park has made biking easier for its guests by implementing a free bike share program. There are 50 bikes available to rent at stations scattered throughout the park. To ride, download the Bloom Bike Share App and scan the code at the station. The first three hours are free of charge. And, when you’re done, return the bike to your nearest station.
Consider traversing the trails on an e-bike for a full day of sightseeing. Electric bicycles are available to rent at several bicycle outfitters in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. E-bikes are allowed in the park and along the trails if they do not exceed 10 mph.
If you’d like to travel the trails by Segway, contact Coastal Segway Adventures at the main park office near Lake Shelby. They offer two-hour guided tours throughout the park. Their knowledgeable staff will first run through some safety drills and information. Then, they’ll guide you along the trails, sharing information about the park and its wildlife. Most tours also include a stop to say “hi” to the park’s resident alligator, Lefty.
The park recently welcomed a new addition to the Backcountry Trail – Hammock Park. Located at Hidden Lakes Trails, you can bring your hammock and hang out at one of the seven hammock spaces. This is a fantastic spot to lie back and relax after a morning or afternoon of biking, hiking or kayaking at Gulf State Park. Ready to start planning your adventure? Order a free Nature & Trails Brochure to help your planning efforts.
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