Bike-Sharing at Gulf State Park: Share the Trails, Share the Wheels
Whether you’re a biking expert or a newbie rider, exploring the scenic beauty of the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trails on two wheels is a must-do activity in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
If you want to experience everything the trail system has to offer (and you do), you’ll need to cover a sprawling 28 miles. On foot, that can be a challenge. But we have a solution to keep you from getting wheely tired as you explore the Backcountry Trails - do it by bike!
Like the rest of the area, the Gulf State Park has worked hard to make themselves bike-friendly. With broad, paved trails that wind through unmatched scenery and easy-to-read maps to help you explore, riding the Backcountry Trails is a dream from your comfy bike seat. And, to make the park bike-accessible to all, the park has a bike-sharing program that makes it easier than ever to explore its beauty on two wheels.
Read on for everything you need to know about getting your wheels to bike the Backcountry Trails.
Gulf State Park’s Bike Share Program: Bring Your Smartphone!
No, we don’t mean tandem riding (though that’s an option with Beach Bike Rentals). The Gulf State Park’s Bike Share program is a unique concept that allows visitors to borrow a bike rather than rent one or bring their own. For up to three hours, riders can use one of 50 complimentary bikes free of charge. If you’re still exploring after that, you can keep your bike for a small charge.
The best part? Anyone with a smartphone can bike share! Simply download the Bloom Bike Share App and scan a code at one of the many bike stations throughout the park. When you’re done riding, just return the bike to the station of your choice. They’re all conveniently located for easy use, allowing you to start and stop wherever you please!
Bike stations can be found at common places like the beach pavilion entrance as well as at major trailheads throughout the park (such as Eagles Loop or Gulf Oak Ridge). We recommended stopping your ride at the Woodside Restaurant bike station - you can refuel with a porch picnic or some delicious outdoor dining while you play fun backyard games!
We’ve been sharing the trails for years - now we can share the wheels, too!