Beach camping near Gulf Shores with horseback riding

Visit Gulf Shores to explore Alabama’s beaches of white sand and clear blue water.

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Beach camping near Gulf Shores with horseback riding guide


Gulf Shores is Alabama’s answer to beach life on the Gulf of Mexico. Tranquil stretches of white sand and turquoise water attract beach campers from near and far to popular coastal destinations like Orange Beach. Nearby campgrounds and RV parks promise campers year-round service. Many of these campsites feature electric, water, and sewer hookups, as well as full restrooms. Aside from its picturesque beaches, Gulf Shores is home to the 7,000-acre Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Gulf State Park, and the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. Set up for the night near each of these natural attractions at cabin rentals and on-site campgrounds near trailheads and beaches.

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Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

Enjoy wildlife watching, hiking, kayaking, and canoeing during a day trip to Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. Situated on more than 7,000 acres, the refuge provides a habitat for migrating birds, sea turtles, and the Alabama beach mouse. Find natural coastal habitats traversed by six trails with skill levels that range from easy to moderately difficult. On-site camping is unavailable, but nearby private campgrounds and cabin rentals offer a convenient jumping-off point for exploring the park by foot, kayak, or canoe.

Gulf State Park

With its coastal location, Gulf State Park places campers on some of the region’s most beautiful beaches. The park boasts two miles of white sandy coastal stretches as well as 6,500 acres of natural terrain. Swim, hike, beachcomb, and catch glimpses of resident wildlife along 28-miles of trails. Then, set up for the night on the on-site campground that offers 496 campsites within walking distance of the beach and amenities like full hookups, paved pads, and picnic tables. Air-conditioned bathhouse rentals are also available.

Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail

Witness the wild side of coastal Alabama and hike the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. Hikers and bikers can glimpse natural alligator habitats and spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico. Check out the butterfly sanctuary along the trek or look for migrating sea birds, as well. The trail leads through dynamic terrain that includes hardwood swamps and freshwater marshes. Primitive campsites are available along the trail—close to Gulf Shores. Some offer nylon cots and pump sinks.

When to go

Spring and fall are among the most popular times to visit Gulf Shores because of the mild temperatures. With cool winters with average high temperatures in the high 50s and hot summers that see temperatures of 90°F, Gulf Shores attracts campers year-round. Many of the area’s most popular RV parks and campsites are located near the beach and are equipped to handle each season.

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