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Fitness Trails
Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
The trail system at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge contains 7,000 acres of wildlife habitat for migratory birds, nesting sea turtles, and the endangered Alabama beach mouse. The refuge was established by congress in 1980 to preserve the coastal dune ecosystem, to protect threatened and endangered species, to provide compatible recreational opportunities, and to serve as a living laboratory for students and scientists.

The refuge’s trail system offers visitors an opportunity to explore: 
  • Dunes
  • Maritime forests
  • Native species of plants
  • Some of the most incredible bird watching in the nation
  • Wetlands
  • Wildlife

Ranging from one-mile hikes to over four-mile expansions, the trails are all unique and give an opportunity to discover different habitats of the refuge. There are no pets allowed on the refuge, so please leave your furry friends at home to help us protect the many wildlife species that make the refuge their home.

Refuge beaches and trails are open seven days a week during daylight hours only.

Visit the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge website for more information.

Gulf Shores Bike Trail

In 2012, the City of Gulf Shores announced plans to partner with the Alabama Department of Transportation to extend the Gulf Shores bike trail to connect with over 11 miles of the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. The bike trail currently stretches from Highway 59 along the north side of Fort Morgan Road, to the Peninsula residential and golf community. This expansion will take the trail from its current location and extend it across Highway 59 into the Gulf State Park where it will connect with the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail at the Gulf State Park Golf Course.

Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail

The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail runs over creeks, alongside marshes, through sand dunes and swamps, and features a unique opportunity to view a large variety of wildlife. The trail system is made up of seven winding trails that connect to stretch over 15 miles through some of the Gulf State Park’s most unforgettable wilderness, including six distinct ecosystems only found inside Gulf State Park.

The refuge’s trail system offers visitors an opportunity to explore: 
  • Endangered pitcher plant bogs
  • Endangered flora and fauna
  • Gopher tortoises
  • Wetlands
  • Native Wildlife
  • 6 Distinct ecosystems only found in Gulf State Park

Visit the Backcountry Trail website for trail maps and more.

Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan
View the Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan.