Take a Walk on the Wild Side at the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
This is part one in a series of three blogs on the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Gulf Shores.
The Alabama Gulf Coast is known for stunning coastal scenes. While our white-sand beaches are our most famous treasure, a much different landscape that’s less known but equally important is right in our backyard: the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge.
Named for the French word meaning “Safe Harbor,” the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge encompasses nearly 7,000 acres of undisturbed coastal barrier habitats. Nestled within this protected sanctuary are miles of diverse coastal ecosystems that support a variety of birds, animals, and plants that are unique to our seaside scenes. Visitors to the refuge can travel along four designated hiking trails that explore each habitat, offering prime opportunities for wildlife viewing, birdwatching, photography and more.
Because you’re entering a protected wildlife sanctuary, it’s best to be prepared before you go. The four trails vary in length, terrain, and difficulty, and some include areas for protected species you’ll want to avoid. So you can prepare to share the space responsibly, here’s what to expect from each trail.
The Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is easily a place you can spend a few hours or a full day. Bring a tote or backpack with water and snacks and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of this hidden gem.