On the shore of a freshwater lake separated by rolling dunes from the Gulf of Mexico, amid the whisper of waving bulrushes and longleaf pines, you’ll find Eagle Cottages at Gulf State Park. The lodge’s 11 stilted, clapboard cottages reflect the charm of traditional fishing camps that dot Alabama’s southern shores. In the surrounding acres of historic Gulf State Park, hikers, bikers, and kayakers delight in an astonishing variety of ecosystems—from pine savannas to coastal swales and brackish lagoons—where alligators wade and armadillos and bobcats roam. At sunset, sit back on the porch with a glass of sweet tea and enjoy true southern hospitality in the welcoming embrace of this tranquil coastal wilderness.
Eagle Cottages is a shining example of sustainable tourism in one of the most biodiverse environments of America’s Gulf Coast. The cottages incorporate numerous eco-friendly initiatives, including low-flow water devices, smart climate controls, and a ban on single-use plastics. The on-site Interpretive Center has applied for a Living Building certification; if approved, it would be one of only two dozen structures in the world that meet the highest possible standards of sustainable design. The lodge’s stellar commitment to conservation, community engagement, and education has created a force for change in the coastlands of Alabama, and ensured that the wild woods and wetlands of the Gulf Shore will continue to welcome generations of future explorers.
Each of our lodges has created a special complimentary experience offered exclusively to guests who visit through a National Geographic expedition. At Eagle Cottages, guests enjoy a guided tour of Gulf State Park with an expert naturalist, followed by a farm-to-table lunch at the lodge’s restaurant.
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