Nearly 28 miles of easily accessible hiking and biking trails invite you to explore the variety of ecosystems found in Gulf State Park’s 6,150 acres. Many interpretive signs located along the trails provide information on the cultural heritage and natural resources found in the park. Benches, swings, pause places, and picnic areas (along with restrooms and water fountains), provide opportunities to catch your breath and really take in the scenery. Plus, you never know what kind of wildlife you might see!
Gulf State Park is also home to a delightful Nature Center where the park naturalists provide regular programs featuring some of the park’s inhabitants. You’ll find the current schedule of activities upon your arrival, so make plans to ride bikes or catch the park tram for at least one of those during your stay.
The park also has a swimming pool and tennis courts available for your use. Other activities in the park include fishing (either in the 800-plus acres of freshwater lakes or off the Gulf State Park Fishing & Education Pier, which is the largest on the Gulf of Mexico), geocaching, kayaking, guided Segway tours, a butterfly garden, and a boulder park for the kids.
Plus, you’ll want to visit the park’s Interpretive Center to learn about its pursuit of the Living Building Challenge (currently there are only 21 fully certified Living Buildings in the world!) and how it generates its own power and provides its own water. Fun interactive exhibits also provide more information on the park’s ecosystems and inhabitants. The Interpretive Center is located next to the Gulf State Park Beach Pavilion, which has air-conditioned restrooms with showers and concessions if you want to spend your day on the beach.