If you prefer more rustic terrain, visit the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge's trail system offers one- to four-mile hikes. These trails are unpaved and do not have restroom or water facilities. However, you'll be treated to scenic views of flora and fauna as well as wildlife (including more than 300 species of birds).
Of course, never overlook the obvious when training. The beach is a sure-fire winner every single time. With 32 miles of "training space," Alabama's shoreline offers amazing views and challenging runs through white-sand beaches.
Now that you know where to run plan your next beach vacation around one of the annual races on the Alabama Gulf Coast. There's a race for every level of runner, including fun runs, 5 and 10Ks, triathlons and half marathons.