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Old 09-12-2016, 09:12 AM   #1
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Gulf State Park AL route question

Working on my google route to Gulf State Park and have a question about
the last leg.

I'll be going south on I65 and eventually US31 and AL 59 to I 10
at that point I can jog briefly East on I 10 to Foley Beach Express south
which google says has tolls.
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I can continue South on AL 59.

Google reports nearly identical drive times either way Not counting traffic.
BTW we'll be making this leg on a Saturday mid afternoon if that matters.

What do you think??
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Old 09-12-2016, 11:05 AM   #2
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Hi,

I take 59 all the way. It has some stop and go, but it's all that bad. On a Saturday, there will be traffic for sure, particularly going through Foley.

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Old 09-12-2016, 11:37 AM   #3
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Dan, Iím going to disagree with richp, the Foley Beach Expressway is the best route and much better than Hwy 59 because of the lack of light signals. Google is dead wrong about identical drive times especially on weekends and weekday rush hour. The toll is near the end of the Expressway when it crosses over Portage Creek/Wolf Bay, itís a bridge toll.

To avoid the bridge toll make a right turn on Bradford Road, it ends at Roscoe Road and then a left turn onto Roscoe Road. Roscoe Road ends at Cotton Creek Rd/Brown Rd and make a right. Stay on Cotton Creek road until it runs into Hwy 59 and make a right onto Hwy 59. I know it sounds complicated but itís not. This is the route I take when we go to Gulf Shores, AL. Check Google maps. BTW, at the intersection of Bradford Rd and Roscoe Rd you will see Sugar Sands RV park right in front of you. Either route will get you there so have fun.

Also, you owe it to yourself to eat at Lambertís Cafť, Home of the Throwed Rolls on Hwy 59 in Foley, AL you wonít be disappointed.
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Old 09-12-2016, 12:15 PM   #4
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Hi Dan,

Oakman is right, and I suppose my preference for straight line routes prejudices my thinking.

I would argue, however, that the benefit of my route is that it takes you right past Lambert's, in addition to a lot of last minute shopping and fuel options.

And if you are looking for an excellent higher end restaurant, then the Shipps Harbor Grill in Orange Beach is well worth it.

Have a great trip.

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i agree with both restaurants.

so, take a couple days to enjoy.
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Old 09-12-2016, 01:44 PM   #6
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X2 on Foley. 59 can take hours longer.

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Dan, Iím going to disagree with richp, the Foley Beach Expressway is the best route and much better than Hwy 59 because of the lack of light signals. Google is dead wrong about identical drive times especially on weekends and weekday rush hour. The toll is near the end of the Expressway when it crosses over Portage Creek/Wolf Bay, itís a bridge toll.

To avoid the bridge toll make a right turn on Bradford Road, it ends at Roscoe Road and then a left turn onto Roscoe Road. Roscoe Road ends at Cotton Creek Rd/Brown Rd and make a right. Stay on Cotton Creek road until it runs into Hwy 59 and make a right onto Hwy 59. I know it sounds complicated but itís not. This is the route I take when we go to Gulf Shores, AL. Check Google maps. BTW, at the intersection of Bradford Rd and Roscoe Rd you will see Sugar Sands RV park right in front of you. Either route will get you there so have fun.

Also, you owe it to yourself to eat at Lambertís Cafť, Home of the Throwed Rolls on Hwy 59 in Foley, AL you wonít be disappointed.


There are only 3 or four stop lights and no towns to go thru. I always use this route. We stay at Sugar Sands.
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Gulf Seafood has the best Low Country Boil you can buy on the coast and less than $20. Feeds 2-3.
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Stay on 59 all the way
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The decision to stay on 59 or take the Beach Express is heavily predicated on what time of year you're traveling. If you're traveling October through March, I'd stay on 59, as it won't be a bad drive and the traffic isn't bad at all, even on weekends. If you're traveling Late March through Sept, then don't even consider traveling 59 especially on weekends.

I have friends and family that live in a around Gulf Shores, so we travel there pretty regularly.
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Have driven both ways at busy and slow times of the year. Foley XWay is absolutely the best. The shortcut to avoid the toll is very easy. 59 is forever no matter what time of year!
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