Gulf State park is huge. It features over 3 miles of beachfront on the gulf, 2 good sized lakes and some smaller ones, 28 miles of paved and boardwalk trails, several restaurants, a lodge, cabins, and almost 500 RV sites.
It used to have a very long fishing pier, now missing a center section due to hurricane Sally. Reminders of the hurricane could be seen throughout the park.
This was our second visit, and we enjoyed it so much that we extended our stay till after New Year’s Day. Our favorite campsites were toward the back of the park near the campground trail, which we walked every day. The predominant foliage species on this trail is longleaf pine.
We biked most of the paved and boardwalk trails in the park.
We biked to the beach and spent a couple of hours walking. Squeaky sand, turquoise water.
And then there was the wildlife.
It was a wonderful, relaxing 2 weeks. Even the birds got happy at the long break, making repeated high speed sorties through the van and ferociously preening our hair (maybe it’s time for a haircut?).
As we left to continue our westward travel, we promised ourselves we’d return soon.
Previous Visit: 7 Dec 2019