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The best state park near you

Love Exploring Logo By Jacqui Agate of Love Exploring | Slide 2 of 51: Protecting a swathe of Alabama's Gulf Coast, this is a park with sun, sea and oodles of sand. You'll find more than three miles (5km) of champagne-colored beaches here, plus paved trails for hiking and biking. If you're looking to overnight in the park, choose between pretty beachside cottages, rustic woodland cabins or a modern campground. There's a dog park too, so you've no need to leave your four-legged family member at home. Check the website for details.

Alabama: Gulf State Park, Baldwin County

Protecting a swathe of Alabama's Gulf Coast, this is a park with sun, sea and oodles of sand. You'll find more than three miles (5km) of champagne-colored beaches here, plus paved trails for hiking and biking. If you're looking to overnight in the park, choose between pretty beachside cottages, rustic woodland cabins or a modern campground. There's a dog park too, so you've no need to leave your four-legged family member at home. Check the website for details.

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