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April 22, 2024 · Stories

Alabama is paradise for outdoor enthusiasts: From the Appalachian foothills to the sandy shores of the Gulf

In early September, as the sky shifted from blue to gold in Gulf Shores, Alabama, visitors at the nationally-acclaimed Gulf State Park were in for a surprise.

People congregated along the beach for the day’s final swim, a walk to the pier, or a dinner picnic. The water was cool and clear, the air warm. People from all over the U.S. had gathered at the park’s state-of-the-art, eco-friendly resort, the Lodge, for a weeklong conference with the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA). Conference attendees joined visitors who came from around the world to enjoy the 6,500-acre park with more than 28 miles of paved trails through Lake Shelby wetlands.

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