Take a Hike!

Looking for something off the beaten path during your stay in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach? Don't let the heat keep you from an amazing encounter with the wealth of wildlife we have to offer. Get up early and watch a spectacular sunrise or let things

cool off and take a twilight tour of one of our many nature trails.

Bon Secour National Wildlife National Wildlife Refuge

Open year-round during daylight hours, stop by the office 7:00 – 3:30 pm for trail maps, information and reptile exhibits. The trails range from one to four miles in length and offer a wheelchair accessible route.

Hours: Daily, daylight hours Cost:  Free Location: 2295 State Highway 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 Phone: 251-540-7720 Directions

Gulf State Park Nature Trails

Gulf State Park offers a surprisingly diverse set of habitats within its borders. Each of the 10 trails included in the park provide a unique insight into that diversity and range in length from less than a mile, up to a set of trails over 28 miles long that comprise the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trails. Bear Creek trail is paved and wheelchair accessible. Several trails run through alligator habitats, so be advised to stay alert, use common sense caution and keep a safe distance away from these fascinating but dangerous wild animals.

Hours: Daily, 7 a.m until sundown Cost: Free Location: 20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 Phone: 251-948-7275 Directions


Weeks Bay Reserve Estuary and Pitcher Plant Bog

The Weeks Bay Reserve encompasses over 6,000 acres of land and water in and around Weeks Bay and along Mobile Bay. The Reserve has a free educational interpretive center and two boardwalks. One boardwalk is behind the Reserve Interpretive Center and leads to Weeks Bay; the pitcher plant bog boardwalk connects to Fish River.

Hours: M-F 8:00 – 5:00, Saturday 9:00 – 5:00 Cost: Free, donations accepted Location: 11401 US Highway 98, Fairhope, AL 36532 Phone: 251-928-9792 Directions

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