Visiting Gulf Shores State Park in January (A Chilling Experience)
Walking around Gulf Shores this time of year is interesting. Every RV is from someplace else. We don’t think there is anyone left in Wisconsin because every other RV was from there.
The Park is about 6,150 acres, has about two miles of beaches of white sand, surging surf, swimming, seagulls, and great shell gathering. Inside Gulf State Park there is a championship golf course, new beach pavilion, rental cottages, tennis courts, 496 camp sites, more than 10 hiking trails, fresh/salt water fishing, a Zip Line, a Nature Center, and a fishing pier that is 20-feet wide and extends 1,500 feet into the Gulf. It is known for its population of raccoons, bobcats, deer, rabbits, alligators, and at times, black bears. The only animals we came across were the rabbits at dusk.
We were there when the weather was changing, the surf was rough, and walking the pier was like walking through a hurricane. Needless to say there wasn’t any way we would put a toe into the Gulf due to the weather conditions, but it was still fun to be there anyway to see the beautiful sunrises/sunsets while we explored the area.
The park is close to Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Foley, Fairhope and Mobile, and with numerous retail stores and restaurants. The Five Rivers Delta Resource Center, Weeks Bay Reserve, The USS Alabama, the outlet mall in Foley and Meaher State Park are all within a short driving distance.
Another highlight of our stay was a short drive to Pensacola to visit one of our all time favorite vegan restaurants, End-of-the-Line.
Did You Know?
The white beaches at Gulf Shores are made almost entirely of quartz grains washed down from the Appalachian Mountains thousands of years ago.