Gulf State Park unveils new cabins at Lake Shelby

Hurricane Sally severely damaged the Gulf Shores cabins in September 2020, but the good news is that the renovations are now complete!

Gulf State Park unveils new cabins at Lake Shelby
Courtesy of Alabama State Parks

17 cabins were destroyed, and they’ve been replaced with 20 new ones, bringing the total to 30! All 20 cabins have direct access to Lake Shelby and are equipped with modern furniture, kitchen appliances, laundry rooms, screened patios and will accommodate up to eight overnight guests.

Also, two of the new cabins are fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

“This is a special day because we’re finally open for business again at the Lakeside Cabins,” said Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Commissioner Chris Blankenship. “We’re committed to creating a first-class guest experience at every state park, and these gorgeous cabins definitely deliver on that promise. It’s rewarding to see these cabins looking better than ever.”

But that’s not all! They are also re-opening the park’s Romar Beach Access, a project which featured construction of a permanent restroom facility and beach boardwalk with outdoor showers, as well as expansion and paving of the parking area and the addition of electric vehicle charging capabilities.

Gulf State Park features about 6,500 acres, including 2.5 miles of sandy beaches on the Gulf and 28 miles of paved trails or boardwalks. The trails are part of the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail system, which was named the nation’s best recreational trail by USA Today in 2023.

Gulf Shores/Orange Beach is one of our favorite beach destinations – and now there is even more reason to head there this summer.

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Gulf State Park unveils new cabins at Lake Shelby