The Graham Creek Nature Preserve is a short drive from Gulf Shores, near the neighboring city of Foley, Alabama. The preserve offers nearly 500 acres of habitats, as well as a canoe and kayak launch and hiking and biking trails. Spend a few hours or an entire day exploring this serene getaway.
It’s the perfect spot for a picnic, and there are restroom facilities nearby. You can also challenge your fellow explorers to an 18-hole game of disc golf at the preserve.
While you’re in the area, make the drive to Barber Marina in nearby Elberta. On your drive in, you’ll find an enchanted forest filled with beasts that once roamed the Earth. A dinosaur crossing sign lends a clue to what lies ahead. You’ll want to spend some time taking selfies with the T-Rex, exploring Alabama’s version of Stonehenge (Bamahenge) and posing for a photo with a giant spider.
If you decide to explore the marina by boat, you’ll be greeted by the Lady in the Lake, a large installation in the water just outside the marina; only her head and knees can be seen peeking out of the water.