Great Smoky Mountain Cabins
Asheville and Western North carolina
Gulf Shores, Alabama, is a sun-kissed paradise known for its pristine beaches and vibrant coastal culture. Yet, hidden beneath the allure of seaside resorts and water activities lies a world of natural beauty and serenity. In this blog post, we invite you to explore the top nature destinations on Gulf Shores, where you can immerse yourself in the wonders of the natural world.
Gulf State Park is a crown jewel of nature in Gulf Shores. With over 6,000 acres of preserved natural beauty, this park offers a diverse range of ecosystems. The park's hiking and biking trails wind through coastal dunes, freshwater lakes, and lush pine forests. You can spot a variety of wildlife, including alligators, deer, and countless bird species. The park's stunning beaches are perfect for a peaceful sunset stroll or a day of relaxation.
For those seeking a more secluded and pristine natural experience, Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is a must-visit. This refuge spans over 7,000 acres of coastal habitats, including dunes, scrub forests, and saltwater marshes. It's a sanctuary for endangered species like the Alabama beach mouse and loggerhead sea turtles. The refuge's hiking trails and boardwalks lead you through this untouched wilderness, offering excellent opportunities for birdwatching and wildlife photography.
The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail is a network of hiking and biking trails that wind through Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Covering more than 15 miles, these trails meander through a variety of ecosystems, including freshwater swamps and coastal hardwood forests. Along the way, you may encounter alligators, foxes, and numerous bird species. The trail is an excellent way to explore the region's natural beauty at your own pace.
Little Lagoon is a tranquil coastal lagoon located just north of Gulf Shores. This serene body of water offers a different kind of natural experience compared to the bustling Gulf of Mexico. You can kayak or paddleboard across its calm waters, observing marine life and enjoying the peaceful surroundings. It's also a popular spot for birdwatching, especially during migratory seasons.
Nestled in nearby Foley, Alabama, the Graham Creek Nature Preserve is a hidden gem for nature lovers. This 484-acre preserve features a variety of trails that wind through wetlands, forests, and along the creek itself. Keep an eye out for butterflies, turtles, and a diverse array of plant life. The preserve also hosts educational programs and events, making it a great place for families to connect with nature.
Gulf Shores is not just a destination for sun and surf; it's also a natural playground waiting to be explored. These top nature destinations offer a chance to reconnect with the environment, whether you're an avid hiker, wildlife enthusiast, or someone looking for a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. So, pack your hiking boots, binoculars, and a sense of wonder, and embark on a journey through the natural wonders of Gulf Shores, Alabama.
When you book directly with us, you won't incur any booking fees. Unlike other popular booking platforms like Airbnb, VRBO, and Booking.com, which often charge a commission ranging from 5% to 15%, we offer you the advantage of a fee-free reservation process. The property you're interested in is also available on those platforms, but by booking through them, you might end up paying more. Booking direct will get you the lowest price, guaranteed!
Absolutely. We've implemented robust security measures by utilizing a trusted Property Management Software called OwnerRez. In addition, we process payments securely through Stripe, ensuring a safe and protected online experience. Your peace of mind is our top priority.
Our thoughtful starter pack includes practical essentials for your stay. You'll find 2 Dishwasher Pods and 2 Launder Pods to make your cleaning routine seamless. Each bathroom is stocked with starter soap, 2 toilet paper rolls, 2 towels per guest, and 2 hand towels. We also offer a selection of coffee pods for your convenience, along with a Keurig Duo coffee maker to kickstart your mornings. For most guests staying 2-3 nights, these provisions prove to be ample. However, if you require more supplies, the nearby Old Mountain Market, a community convenience store, has you covered.
To initiate the booking process, simply scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the "Book Now" button. Choose your desired dates to ensure availability. Complete all necessary guest information, ensuring you include details about any accompanying pets if applicable. After this step, you'll receive an email from us containing a rental agreement form. Once you've reviewed and signed the rental agreement, we'll promptly send you a confirmation message, and your selected dates will be securely reserved on our calendar.
Our cleaning fees vary from $200-$299 depending on the size of the property. This fee covers a comprehensive cleaning service provided by our dedicated team. It ensures that the cabin is left in pristine condition for each guest's enjoyment. Our cleaning fee encompasses a range of services to maintain the cabin's cleanliness and hygiene standards.This includes:Collection and disposal of all trash generated during your stay.Thorough cleaning of the kitchen, ensuring surfaces are sanitized and appliances are sparkling.Complete cleaning of bathrooms, ensuring they are fresh and inviting.Washing and refreshing all linens for a comfortable and hygienic stay.Draining and meticulous cleaning of the hot tub, ensuring it is ready for the next guest's use.Sweeping and mopping of all floors to maintain a tidy and inviting ambiance.
We try to keep it as minimal as possible. We will send a message with some instructions prior to checkout.
Most of our properties, the only times we don't is when our HOA's limit us. There are some homes we partner with and list on this website and they might have different rules. Please click on each listing and read their rules. But most of the time. we're delighted to offer a pet-friendly environment for our guests. What is the pet fee? To accommodate your four-legged companions, we charge a reasonable $150 pet fee per stay. This fee helps us ensure a clean and comfortable space for both our human and furry guest. How many pets are allowed, and what is the weight limit? You're welcome to bring up to two pets with you. Each pet should not exceed 50 lbs in weight. This way, your pets can enjoy the cabin as much as you do!We look forward to making your stay enjoyable for both you and your furry friends. If you have any further questions about our pet policy, please feel free to reach out.
Guest receives 100.00% (less $30.00 taxable cancellation fee) if cancellation occurs at least 30 days before arrival; Guest receives 50.00% (less $30.00 taxable cancellation fee) if cancellation occurs at least 14 days before arrival; No refunds within 14 days of arrival.
Check-in is at 4:00 PM EST and Checkout is 10:00 am EST. We do offer early check-ins but they are highly dependent on our cleaners availability and schedule. They typically charge $50-$100 depending on how early you'd like to arrive.
Strict rules below (included in our listing): You will be asked to leave and will not receive a refund if you break these rules. If you do not agree to any of these rules, please cancel immediately.
⭐️ NO Parties. You (the person booking) will be held liable for all damages.
⭐️ Must sign rental agreement upon booking
⭐️ Must submit a $500 off-platform security hold that will be collected upon signing rental agreement but it will not be placed until 2 days prior to arrival and released 7 days after departure, if no damages are reported. Please note we are API Connected to a hotel-style software called OwnerRez to safely and securely take off-platform security deposits.
⭐️ Person booking the property must be 25 years of age or older and be staying at the property for the duration of the reservation.
⭐️ Please make sure your reservation accurately reflects the number of people staying. There is an additional guest fee of $150 per person per night if over our maximum occupancy, this will be charged to the card on file.
⭐️ Check-in anytime after 4:00 pm. Early arrivals will incur additional fees.
⭐️ No late check-out's, you will be charged and additional night.
⭐️ Pet fee is $150 for up to 2 dogs, each 50 lbs or less. Please make sure if you are bringing a pet it is accounted for on your reservation. There will be an additional fee of $200 per pet if not on the reservation.
⭐️ Do not leave your pet/s unsupervised in the home, you will be responsible for any damages or additional cleaning fees.
⭐️ NO SMOKING INDOORS, please only smoke outside and clean up afterwards.
⭐️ For guest safety, we have security camera/s outside the property. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH the cameras. We will levy fees of $100 to those who adjust or cover these cameras.
⭐️ When showering please keep the shower curtain inside the tub and completely closed.
⭐️ Do not put anything other than toilet paper in the toilets. No feminine hygiene products, flushable wipes, cleaning wipes or trash, only toilet paper.We will enforce our cancellation policy agreed upon in the booking platform and STRONGLY encourage purchasing traveler insurance.