Gulf State Park – Alabama
In between Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama sits Gulf State Park. It is a large state park with 3 lakes and miles of ocean front. Reservations can be made up to 14 months out or something like that, so it is hard to find a space, because there is no penalty for cancellation. They do some times have space available when the Reserve American website says they are booked. We were making reservations for next year, was told it was booked and to go to headquarters and sign up on the wait-list. When we got up there, found out that they had space available. So check your options.
The campground has full hookups. Big spaces and facilities available. There are a lot of easy hiking or bike paths. The beach is just a short bike ride away or you can drive to it easy.
There are signs every where warning not to feed or aggravate the alligators. So be careful where you walk your dog. We will definitely put this on our list of possible places to stay. It is very conveniently located to either Gulf Shores or Orange Beach.
Indian Pass Campground – Indian Pass, Florida
The campground is located about 23 miles from Apalachicola, Florida right on the bay. The beach is full of oyster shells and the water is pretty brackish. It is an older campground, looks like any updates were done out of necessity not for upkeep reasons. No sewers hook up, though there is a dump station and also they can pump you out for $15. Arrival time is 3pm.. if you get there before then, expect to pay $10 for the privilege of coming in early. Check out is at 10 am! It’s a small park, has a decent bath house. Several trailers in the park full time. There is a fishing charter that you can take for 2 ½ hours for $55 or you can also get a lift to the research island across the way.
Unfortunately the boat was down for engine repair while we were here, so that wasn’t an option for us. Though the campground is fine, it is kind of in the middle of nowhere. You have to drive at least 25 minutes to get to anything other then the small trading post. We did see dolphins in the bay one morning, so that was nice. Will we stay here again if we come this way, maybe if they charter is going just to go do the fishing part. Would love to get some fresh fish… we bought some at a fish market, but it’s so pricey, would be cheaper to pay for a charter.