Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Campground Review: Gulf State Park Gulf Shores, AL

I'm slowly making my way to Baseball's Spring Training near Sarasota, FL.  The last two days I've been at the huge Gulf State Park on Alabama's Gulf Coast near the town of Gulf Shores.  Most of the park is set around Middle Lake, an inland lake that a canal connects to the Gulf.

Middle Lake.  The really desirable campsites (not mine) are on it.
Here's the campground data sheet:

Hookups:                                 20, 30, and 50 amp, water.
Fire ring:                                  no
Water Access:                         yes
Dump station:                          yes
WiFi:                                       yes – 4 out of 4 bars
Level sites:                              yes
Laundry:                                 yes
Store:                                      yes
Pool:                                       yes
Shade:                                    yes                              
Verizon reception:                   4G, 3 out of 4 bars
Millenicom reception:              4 out of 4 bars
Cost:                                      $31/night

There is also an 18 - hole golf course at this park and 5 hiking trails of one mile or so in length.

Sage advice!
At $31 a night Gulf State Park is a little more pricey than what I usually expect at state parks but did I mention the $31 also gives access to this?:

If it wasn't 50 degrees when this was taken I'd be in the water.
  Or this?:

Hard to believe this is the same body of water as off Galveston!
Typically, WiFi at parks isn't strong enough to be useable but not at this park.  With the 4 out of 4 bars of signal I was able to stream the episodes of The Walking Dead I'd been missing with great performance.  My Millenicom data plan is only 20 gigs a month so being able to let it "rest" while at this park was a great plus!

With it's 468 campsites Gulf State Park might be the largest state park I've ever stayed in.  It's truly a "full service" park and the beaches alone make it a great camping destination and I'll come back some time when it's warm enough to really use them.

Thanks for reading!

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