Explore the most popular trails in Gulf State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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Located in the city of Gulf Shores on the coast of Alabama, white sun-kissed beaches, a surging surf, seagulls and seashells greet you at Gulf State Park. Consisting of 6,150 acres with two miles of sugar white sand beaches, Gulf State Park has modern and primitive camping, cottages, trails and fishing. There is also tennis, group pavilions, 18-hole golf course, 900 acre lake for fishing, swimming, and water skiing, nature programs and picnic areas. FREE Wireless Internet Access available at the Activity Center, located in the campground.

28 days ago

Although this section does not provide of great views its a well maintained city type trail that connects into the larger Gulf State Park. There are nicer sections of the park that this connects into. At the end of the path they do have a butterfly house and if you take the Rosemary Dunes Trail there is a Bald Eagles nest that has a great over viewing point to the nest with a sign clearly telling people not to venture off trail due to the nest.

Parking is limited at the trailhead off 161. Plenty of access points to the park from 182 to the south or in the heart of the park around Shelby Lake.

beautiful and well maintained trail.

Great biking trail that connects with many other trails. Saw great birds, turtles, and more. Overcast foggy day but great on the trail. No charge for parking in the State Park. Bathrooms and air station along the trail.

Great biking and hiking trail.

A little along the shoulder of a highway... but mostly not.

Rode through an alligator habitat and past a bald eagle's nest!

easy trail to walk, bike or hike. several acess points with good parking areas. well marked, lots of benches, several restrooms with drinking water.

I would rate this easy; wide, paved paths and sections of boardwalk that are good for easy walks, strollers, and children on bicycles. There are benches, playgrounds, bathrooms, and drinking fountains available at several points. Good chance of seeing armadillos and various birds.

Great trail. Easy hiking

Nice set of trails. Very easy walk. Great for seniors.

Great for hiking and biking. Beautiful trails and scenery!

This trail isn’t for me, but my 3-year-old loved it.

Hiked a large part of this trail in mid-July after a rainstorm. The heat and humidity had subsided so it wasn't bad. The trails are very well maintained, options of paved asphalt, raised wooden trails, or primitive dirt trails. Little elevation change, restrooms, and water all along the way. There are some beautiful scenic spots and amazing ecosystems along the way. The reason this gets a 5 star over a four is the wildlife. Saw several snakes, frogs, turtles, and birds. Even saw a bobcat on the wooden trail. Did not see alligators or armadillos but according to campers there are plenty around the area so be cautious and aware at all times. Definite must for any outdoorsy person in the Gulf Shores area.

Great place for casual ride.

8 months ago

Did Alligator Marsh Trail to Bear Creek Trail. Short unpaved out and back Trail.

Excellent trail system for walking, running or biking. Now that the boardwalks are complete you can easily walk or bike to the beach or fishing pier. Lots of wildlife viewing opportunities.

Very easy trails. 4.7 miles in the heat. All paved or boardwalk

Fun easy for all ages

road biking
Tuesday, March 27, 2018


Saturday, February 03, 2018

Very nice set of trails. All paved and boardwalks. My wife and I walked with our black lab and enjoyed it. It was very heavy traffic even for February so I imagine once tourist season gets in full swing there will be little solitude. Great park!

road biking
Friday, November 10, 2017

Great system of trails and will be even better once the construction is finished with easy access to the beach and fishing pier.

trail running
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Best area I've ever run. Boardwalks and paved around the entire state park. Campground is awesome and a good location to start.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The nicest trail I've ever been on . I walked on the south side of pavement in the grass and sand. Was about 50% shaded walking there. Plenty of rest stop benches along the way . I did the 1.5 straight out and back . Completely flat . Swinging bench at the 1.5 stop along with a restroom house . Great.

mountain biking
Friday, August 11, 2017

Potential for a 5 with a better map, but a missed turn put me on Perdido Beach Blvd with my 7 & 9 year old boys for about a mile - mile and a half. If you reach Perdido Beach from State Park Rd., go back and turn right onto the next path to access the newly developed boardwalk. There seemed to be some development underway on the trail that will deliver an optimized experience.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Great paved trail. Lots of wildlife and lots of traffic to get to the trail.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Lots of places to rest and a lot to see. You can also camp out here. Definitely will make another trip to it!

Saturday, December 03, 2016

There are several paved trails connecting, I added a map in the photos for reference. It looks like they are currently working on adding a few trails as well. We started at the catman trail head but didn't start recording until we got to the powerline connection cut thru. These trails are great for everyone in the family and great for walking, biking and running.

mountain biking
Saturday, October 15, 2016

These are mostly paved cycling trails, nice leisurely family ride. The new boardwalks are amazing. They are doing a great job managing the park. Very enjoyable ride.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Cut through marsh areas it gives you a close look at animals, lakes, and marshy areas. Trail is all asphalt and wide enough for walkers, runners and bikes. Well marked and lots of benches for resting or viewing nature. Easy area for anyone. Make sure you grab map to determine your path.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Great walk and very shady under all the oaks

Saturday, March 05, 2016

This is actually the Rosemary Dunes Trail that is part of the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail in Gulf State Park. There are several trails to choose from!


Sunday, November 08, 2015

Great trail

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