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Experience Nature in the Alabama Outdoors

nature map pdfNeed a break from the city lights, mega malls and suburban sprawl? Get in touch with your wild side on Alabama’s Gulf Coast, where schedules take a back seat to sunsets, to-do-lists aren’t nearly as important as tide charts and each change of season brings something awe-inspiring.

If you’re looking for land-based adventure, take a hike along the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail, which winds through the rich flora and fauna of Orange Beach all the way to the pristine beach of Gulf State Park. A series of bikeways offers the chance to investigate things up close and get your exercise at the same time. Grab your binoculars and head out on the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail where you’re likely to spot everything from the tiniest hummingbird to the statuesque Great Blue Heron.

Want to explore the coast from a less landlocked position? Plenty of water-based activities are waiting for you. Rent a kayak and paddle your way through serene back bays. Watch dolphins frolic as you learn all about their habitat on a dolphin sightseeing cruise. Or learn how local shrimpers catch the prized crustaceans we all love.

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Gulf Adventure Center at Gulf State Park

Gulf Adventure Center at Gulf State Park
21101 State Hwy. 135
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 948-9494
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We are the Gulf Coast's newest and most exciting provider of outdoor adventure. Hummingbird Ziplines consists of six exciting ziplines over the waters of Lake Shelby. Kayak and paddleboard rentals are also available.
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Graham Creek Nature Preserve

23460 Wolf Bay Dr.
Foley, AL 36535
(251) 923-4267
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The Preserve has 484 acres of habitats and offers an interpretive center open M - Sat. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., canoe/kayak launch, hiking and biking trails, bird watching, two 18-hole disc golf courses, picnic areas, playgrounds, restrooms, archery park, and pavilion.
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Gulf State Park

20115 State Hwy. 135
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 948-7275
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This Gulf Coast gem boasts 6,500 acres of land with 2 1/2 miles of beach, three fresh water lakes, scenic nature trail, beach pavilion, picnic area, campground, cabins, cottages and golf course.
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Gulf State Park Pier

20800 East Beach Blvd
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 967-3474
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Second longest pier on the Gulf of Mexico and Alabama’s only public pier on the Gulf. At 1,540 feet long, 20 feet wide, and boasting 2,448 feet of fishing space. Rates for fishing on Gulf State Pier: Adults/Children 12-older $9.00/day Children 11-under: $5.00/day or free with paying adult Sightseeing $4.00/ all day. $3.00/ one trip. Weekly, monthly, semi-annual and annual passes available. Butts on the Beach Food Truck at this location year round!
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Five Rivers Delta Resource Center

30945 Five Rivers Blvd.
Spanish Fort, AL 36527
(251) 625-0814
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Five Rivers’ exhibit hall, theater, trails, boat tours, banquet facilities and kayak rentals offer access to Alabama’s rich Mobile-Tensaw river delta. Open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free.
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Eastern Shore Trail

29750 Larry Dee Cawyer Dr.
Daphne, AL 36526
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Take your choice of hiking or biking on the multi-use Eastern Shore Trail. You can enjoy beautiful bay views and oak-canopied roadways.
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Claude Peteet Mariculture Center/Marine Resources Division

999 Commerce Loop
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 968-7576
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The center conducts studies and research that enhance our understanding of the life history of red snapper, various finfish and shrimp.
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Backcountry Trail Eco Tours

4009 Orange Beach Blvd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 981-1063
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Friendly and knowledgeable tour guides, representing the City of Orange Beach, will provide a 2 1/2 hour trip M-F through pristine woodlands and natural habitats on Pleasure Island in an open-air electric cart.
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Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

12295 State Hwy.180 W.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 540-7720
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The Refuge is open year-round for hiking, fishing, wildlife observation and photography. Discover some of Alabama's last remaining undisturbed coastal habitat. Office hours: 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., M-F.
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Alabama's Coastal Connection Scenic Byway


 
(877) 980-8224
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Beautiful beaches, authentic downtowns, wildlife preserves, historic sites and fresh-off-the-boat seafood are all yours to enjoy along Alabama’s Coastal Connection. Experience the link between the traditions of the Deep South and laid-back island lifestyle and connect with the waters, ways and wildlife of Alabama’s Gulf Coast.
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