Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores Alabama

This park is huge! Its amenities include 2 miles of beach, three lakes, the longest fishing pier in the gulf, 28 miles of trails, and a 496 site campground.

The fishing pier is a great place to stroll and watch other folks catch fish. We lucked into a sunny part of the day.

Fishing pier looking toward gulf
Fishing pier looking toward shore

Pelicans enjoy it too!

Pelicans off fishing pier

We walked several trails in the park and visited the nature center just in time for a raptor talk. Archimedes the screech owl is blind in one eye and serves as an animal ambassador.

Archimedes and handler

Biking in the park is fantastic. Our favorite trail was Beach Mouse Bypass, a 1.1 mile boardwalk elevated above the lake and surrounding marshes.

Beach mouse trail
Beach mouse trail

The campsites are large. They don’t have much privacy, but that gave us opportunities to enjoy the Christmas decorations.

Biker Santa