Eagle Cottages at Gulf State Park: About

Located in Gulf Shores, Alabama, United States

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.


  • Step out your front door to explore the coastal wetlands and pine savannas of Gulf State Park—over 6,000 acres of wilderness and undeveloped seashore on Alabama’s Gulf Coast.
  • Stroll a winding boardwalk or ride a lodge bicycle along 28 miles of trails featuring interpretive displays on the natural and cultural treasures of coastal Alabama.
  • Spot bald eagles, ospreys, and seabirds in the wintering grounds for the 325 migratory bird species that travel here annually along the Mississippi Flyway.
  • Kayak into brackish lagoons where alligators glide and great blue herons hunt, or follow a boardwalk across sugary sand dunes to marvel at the protective rampart of sea oats created and maintained by the endangered Alabama beach mouse.
  • Join experienced volunteers at nighttime during the summer for a chance to spot baby sea turtles hatching on the shore.

Why We Love This Lodge

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 park’s 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.

Lodge Features

  • 11 charming clapboard cottages situated on the shore of a freshwater lake
  • 28 miles of paved or packed earth trails winding through coastal wilderness
  • Complimentary bicycles for each cottage
  • Kayaks and stand-up paddleboards to use on the lake
  • Access to the largest pier in the Gulf of Mexico for fishing, as well as bird- and wildlife-watching
  • Gift shop selling local art, handicrafts, and reference books
  • Interpretive Center located on the beach, with exhibits on natural history and heritage
  • Lakeside Nature Center staffed by animal ambassadors

National Geographic Exclusive

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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