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Learn more on one of our guided tours.

Our guided tours are a great way to immerse yourself in the area during your visit. And the best part...you can do it on foot, by Segway, or by boat! The tour guides are very knowledgeable when it comes to all things nature-related and lead several Q&A sessions throughout the park each week. Our guided tours offer an educational experience to guests as well as a more in-depth look at the rich history and wildlife of this wonderful sanctuary. To learn more about one of our tours contact Eagle's Nest Cottages at 251.923.3900.


Keep it fresh! Pick out some veggies on tour and our chef can prepare them for you.

 

Guided Tour of Sustainability at The Lodge

Join a guided group tour of the Lodge to learn about the Lodge’s construction and see how responsible development and conservation of native species can have a positive impact in a natural coastal Alabama landscape. Observe how storm water from roofs and paving is captured and naturally filtered through pervious paving and a new wetland. You’ll also learn how the buildings’ design celebrates these natural and restorative processes as well as the history of the Lodge and importance of the park to the State of Alabama.

 

Guided Tour of Sustainability at the Interpretive Center

The GSP Interpretive Center is pursuing full Living Building Challenge certification, the world’s most rigorous environmental certification. On this guided group tour, you'll learn how the building produces 105% of its energy onsite and collects, stores, and treats storm water onsite for human use. After the tour, explore the open-air porch’s interactive exhibits and learn about the park’s nine ecosystems. The Interpretive Center is connected to the park’s trail system via pedestrian bridge, making it the perfect place to begin your explorations of the park.

 

Mobile-Tensaw Delta Tour

The Mobile-Tensaw Delta includes overs 250,000 acres of scenic waterways and wetlands, that support over 500 species of plants, fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals, making it a prime location to observe wildlife. The area has been referred to as “America’s Amazon” and a documentary of the same title is located in each cottage for guests to enjoy a digital introduction. Eagle Cottages staff can arrange private, round-trip transportation to Mobile, where you’ll explore the Delta by boat.

 

Mobile African-American Heritage Tour

The Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail spans over 300 years of history, beginning with the early European and African explorers that landed on the Gulf Coast. You’ll learn about the Clotilda, the last known ship to bring captive peoples from Africa to the United States. The survivors of that voyage formed Africatown, where many of their descendants still live. Eagle Cottages staff can arrange private, round-trip transportation to Mobile, where you’ll be immersed in the rich ethnic heritage of Mobile and coastal Alabama.

 

Coastal Segway Tour

With nearly 28 miles of hiking and biking trails just outside your cottage (and included bicycles at your disposal), there’s plenty of opportunities to connect with nature. Enjoy a two-hour guided tour of the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail via Segway and see the park differently. Breezing along, you’ll enjoy the changing scenery through the park’s ecosystems, but don’t go too fast or you may miss the alligator sunning in the wetland or the gopher tortoise foraging outside his burrow. Knowledgeable guides will share information about native species and the Native American heritage of the park.

 

Archaeological Digs At Gulf State Park

Archaeological digs investigating Coastal Alabama’s past are often undertaken at the Park. If you are interested in learning about our heritage and would like to volunteer, please call 251.923.3900.

 

Gulf State Park Native American History

Learn more about Gulf State Park’s place in Native American history by taking a guided tour of significant sites within Gulf State Park. Due to the sensitive nature of the sites, this experience is only available as a guided tour. Advanced registration is required.

 

Historic Sites Tour

Gulf State Park was originally constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps as part of the federal New Deal program. Visit the site of the original camp and learn about the day to day experiences of these young men as they transformed this wilderness into a park open for the public’s enjoyment. Advanced registration is required.

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Guided tours at the Eagle Cottages.

Guided Tour of Sustainability at The Lodge

Join a guided group tour of the Lodge to learn about the Lodge’s construction and see how responsible development and conservation of native species can have a positive impact in a natural coastal Alabama landscape. You’ll also learn the history of the Lodge and importance of the park to the State of Alabama.

Guided Tour of Sustainability at the Interpretive Center

The GSP Interpretive Center is pursuing full Living Building Challenge certification, the world’s most rigorous environmental certification. On this guided group tour, you'll learn how the building produces 105% of its energy onsite and collects, stores, and treats storm water onsite for human use.

Mobile-Tensaw Delta Tour

The Mobile-Tensaw Delta includes overs 250,000 acres of scenic waterways and wetlands, that support over 500 species of plants, fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals, making it a prime location to observe wildlife. Eagle Cottages staff can arrange private, round-trip transportation to Mobile, where you’ll explore the Delta by boat.

Mobile African-American Heritage Tour

The Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail spans over 300 years of history, beginning with the early European and African explorers that landed on the Gulf Coast. Eagle Cottages staff can arrange private, round-trip transportation to Mobile, where you’ll be immersed in the rich ethnic heritage of Mobile and coastal Alabama.

Coastal Segway Tour

With nearly 28 miles of hiking and biking trails just outside your cottage (and included bicycles at your disposal), there’s plenty of opportunities to connect with nature. Enjoy a two-hour guided tour of the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail via Segway and see the park differently. Knowledgeable guides will share information about native species and the Native American heritage of the park.

Archaeological Digs At Gulf State Park

Archaeological digs investigating Coastal Alabama’s past are often undertaken at the Park. If you are interested in learning about our heritage and would like to volunteer, please call 251.923.3900.

Gulf State Park Native American History

Learn more about Gulf State Park’s place in Native American history by taking a guided tour of significant sites within Gulf State Park. Due to the sensitive nature of the sites, this experience is only available as a guided tour. Advanced registration is required.

Historic Sites Tour

Gulf State Park was originally constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps as part of the federal New Deal program. Visit the site of the original camp and learn about the day to day experiences of these young men as they transformed this wilderness into a park open for the public’s enjoyment. Advanced registration is required.

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Wake up and choose your own adventure

Over 20 miles of trails. More than 6000 acres of protected area. 9 unique ecosystems.
Endless options for exploration & fun.

There is no shortage of great activities awaiting just outside your door at Eagle Cottages. On any given day, you can discover, experience, and connect with nature at your own pace.

  • Biking & Hiking


  • Hit the trails
    Biking in Gulf State Park.
    Twenty eight miles of stunning hiking and biking trails invite you to take in the beauty and wonder of the Gulf Coast either on your own or with one of our expert local guides. Interpretive signs located along the trails provide insightful information on cultural heritage, wildlife, forests and plants found here. Secluded look-out points, wildlife observation hides, and relaxation zones with wooden benches and couples' swings provide opportunities to take in the scenery and sounds of nature along the way.
     
  • Kayaking


  • Paddle | Stand or sit
    Kayaking on Lake Shelby.
    Each of our cottages overlooks Lake Shelby, among the largest freshwater lakes along Alabama’s gulf coast. Wake up and head out on a kayaking adventure or take to the still waters at sunrise on a stand-up paddleboard. Our guest services manager will arrange your water fun. Paddling Lake Shelby is not only great exercise but is also perfect for observing wildlife and bird species from a different perspective.
     
  • Fishing


  • Gone fishin'
    Fishing on Lake Shelby.
    With 800+ acres of freshwater lakes and the five piers on Lake Shelby, you can plan for family fishing fun including catfish and large-mouth bass, while serious anglers can toss a fly for some great catch-and-release fishing action. The nearby Gulf State Park Pier is the largest public pier on the Gulf of Mexico, where you can also take a stroll and learn about marine life in the gulf from the marine conservation educational displays.
     
  • Swimming


  • Dive in
    Swimming in Lake Shelby.
    It hardly gets better then biking right from your cottage or taking the complimentary Eagle Cottages guest shuttle to the white sand beaches just a mile away and diving into the warm blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. When you're ready to rinse off the invigorating saltwater of the Gulf, take a dip in Lake Shelby. It's the perfect place to cool off after a hike, bike, or a morning of adventure activities.
     
  • Learning


  • Experiential education
    Interpretive Center.

    Children learning through nature.
    Gulf State Park naturalists provide regular nature programs, lectures and seminars. Or visit our Learning Campus to learn about local ecology and wildlife. Upon your check in at Eagle Cottages, you will receive a list of all the nature programs and seminars on offer during your stay. And in keeping with Eagle Cottages’ commitment to sustainability leadership, be sure to visit the Interpretive Center, where you can learn about our pursuit of the Living Building Challenge. This is the highest level certification for a sustainably designed building on the planet—there are currently only 21 certified Living Buildings in the world! Discover how the Interpretive Center generates its own renewable power and provides its own water. Fun interactive exhibits are also designed for children and adults to learn more the area’s ecosystems and inhabitants.
     
  • Nearby Attractions


  • Keep it local
    Super natural? Explore the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, a network of islands and rivers that is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth.

    Into history? Tour Fort Morgan, then catch the Mobile Bay Ferry across Mobile Bay to explore its sister fort, Fort Gaines, on Dauphin Island. Among other things, you can learn about Admiral Farragut’s famous line "Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!" uttered during the Battle of Mobile Bay.

    While on Dauphin Island, visit the Estuarium to learn about marine life in the estuaries of the Gulf Coast. Bird lovers of all types will want to check out the Audubon Bird Sanctuary, named one of the top four locations in North America for viewing the spring bird migration!
    Tour the Dora Franklin Finley African American Heritage Trail and learn about this important part of our history. Or check out the Coastal Alabama Arts Center and the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance where you can view works by local artists.

    Interested in our Native American and early heritage as a fishing village? Check out the Orange Beach Indian and Sea Museum, which was originally a schoolhouse built in 1910 and contains artifacts and memorabilia donated by the families of some of our early fishermen.

    No matter your interest, there is plenty to explore. Our guest service experts are happy to make recommendations and can assist in making all arrangements.
     

    Nature's Calendar

    Gulf State Park is blessed with a variety of flora and fauna in its 6,150 acres. With nine different ecosystems in the park, there’s a lot to discover and explore. While we have lots of things you will see year-round, we also have seasonal visitors and activities that happen at different times of the year. Below you will find just some of the things you may see in Gulf State Park, so look for the month you are visiting and check out what may be happening.

    Don’t forget your binoculars—
    this place is a birders paradise.

    Eagle Cottages is located right along the famous Mississippi Flyway for hundreds of migrating birds and butterflies. You can delight in our feathered friends right from your porch—in the air and in the trees, you will find a variety of native bird species and others just passing through on their way to and from North and South America. Birders from all over the globe flock here every year to pursue their passion.

    Don’t forget your binoculars—
    this place is a birders paradise.

    Eagle Cottages is located right along the famous Mississippi Flyway for hundreds of migrating birds and butterflies. You can delight in our feathered friends right from your porch—in the air and in the trees, you will find a variety of native bird species and others just passing through on their way to and from North and South America. Birders from all over the globe flock here every year to pursue their passion.