Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Parks

nature map pdfBoth Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer a plethora of activities through city parks and recreation departments. A variety of indoor and outdoor facilities will keep you busy – indoor pools, tennis courts, fishing piers, playground equipment, hiking trails and even a dog park for pet-friendly vacations. Both cities also present various activities, including free concerts. Peruse the directory for additional information on area facilities and amenities.

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Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail
4009 Orange Beach Blvd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
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Gulf State Park’s Hugh S. Branyon Back Country Trail Complex consists of 15 trails among six distinct ecosystems that make up more than 27 miles of paved, winding scenic paths perfect for hiking and biking. It connects both of the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Prepare to gasp in amazement when you spot an alligator basking in the sun in a freshwater marsh or spy a white-tailed deer on Gulf Oak Ridge among the park’s 6,000 acres of pristine coastline and wildlife refuge. More Info More Info
Gulf Shores Dog Park
308 Clubhouse Drive
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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The City of Gulf Shores Dog Park features a large fenced in green space to accommodate both small and large dogs. Seating, waste bag stations and water for pets is provided. The Dog Park is located at 308 Clubhouse Drive. More Info More Info
Gulf Shores Kids Park
2008 West 3rd St.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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Open daily and closing at dusk, this kid’s park was designed by the children of Pleasure Island and custom-built by over 1,500 volunteers in less than six days. More Info More Info
Gulf Shores Wetlands Nature Park
19025 Oak Rd. W.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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Wetlands Park is a walking / hiking park and is located at the base of the water tower at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex. This loop gravel path around a fishing pond, compete with benches, gazebos, and a fishing pier is a quiet way to enjoy natural wetland ecology. More Info More Info
Gulf State Park
20115 State Hwy. 135
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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(800) 252-7275

Gulf State Park’s three  miles of beaches greet you with plenty of white sun-kissed sand, surging surf, seagulls and sea shells, but there is more than sand and surf to sink your toes into. -Lakeside Cabins/Cottages -18 hole Golf Course -Largest Pier in the Gulf of Mexico -Beach Weddings -Nature Center -24 Miles Paved Trails -496 Campsites

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Edward H Carroll Sr Kids Park
26425 Canal Rd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
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Open to the public year-round. This beautiful family park is located on scenic Wolf Bay. Amenities include a 400’ fishing pier with covered pavilions and seating, picnic shelters with grills, restrooms, paved walking path and parking. Lighted Kids Park with slides, swings and climbing areas. Perfect photograph opportunity with Wolf Bay as a backdrop. More Info More Info
Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
12295 State Hwy. 180 W.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge encompasses some of Alabama’s last remaining undisturbed coastal habitats. It was established in 1980 to protect neotropical migratory songbird habitats and threatened and endangered species. The Refuge also provides crucial habitat for the Alabama beach mouse. There are four trails of various lengths and terrain. Jeff Friend, one of our most popular trails, was recently renovated to become more accessible with an improved boardwalk and new trail surface. All of these trails are open year-round during daylight hours.

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Wade Ward Nature Park
500 Gulf Shores Pkwy.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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Wade Ward Nature Park is a public pedestrian access to a pocket of natural wetlands and waterways found in Gulf Shores. From a comfortably dry, elevated boardwalk, you may enjoy beautiful views of the wetlands that connect Little Lagoon and Lake Shelby. Wildlife such otters, pelicans, and the occasional alligator can be seen hunting and fishing in its shallow water and wetlands. It is also one of the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail sites, a great place to look out for migrating and local birds. More Info More Info
Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
11300 Highway 98
Fairhope, AL 36532
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This public research and education facility encompasses over 9,000 acres of protected estuarine habitats bordering Weeks Bay and Fish and Magnolia Rivers. The Reserve has an interpretive center with indoor displays and live animals as well as extensive forested boardwalk nature trails, a native pitcher plant bog and boat ramp. Scheduled guided group tours are available. The Reserve is part of a national network of coastal reserves established as living laboratories for long-term scientific research and estuarine education into places "where rivers meet the sea.” More Info More Info
The Dog Pond
20115 State Hwy. 135
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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Bring man’s best friend to The Dog Pond at Gulf State Park on Lake Shelby. Check out the new agility and play equipment, and stay tuned for additional improvements throughout 2018. Lake Shelby is home to many types of wildlife including alligators. Please be aware at all times. • Dogs must be current on all vaccinations. • Dogs must be leashed when entering and exiting the dog park. • Aggressive dogs are not permitted on the premises. Dogs must be removed at the first sign of aggression. More Info More Info

* All information contained in our database is supplied by the individual businesses to the AGCCVB for inclusion on our web site and in printed materials.
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