Best Nature Trails Near Gulf Shores to See Wildlife

The Gulf Shores area is full of tons to see and do, but if you’d rather avoid the crowds, Fort Morgan is the perfect place to stay. You’ll still have almost immediate access to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, but Fort Morgan itself has countless activities to offer while distancing itself from the crowded beaches of its counterparts.

When you’re staying in the Fort Morgan and Gulf Shores area, one of the best ways to entertain yourself is by getting up close and personal with nature. Luckily, there are several great nature trails for all to enjoy, whether you are an experienced hiker or just want to take a leisurely stroll. This is also a great way to sneak a peek at the majestic wildlife that is native to Alabama. Best of all, they are all easily accessible from any of our Fort Morgan Beach rentals!

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Fort Morgan Alabama

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

You simply can’t come to Gulf Shores without stopping at the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. The name translates to “safe harbor,” which is an apt description of this haven for birds, endangered wildlife, and flowers. You’ll have access to more than 7,000 acres of gorgeous surroundings, including one of the last remaining undisturbed coastal barrier habits in the state. Trek through the maritime wetland to spot an alligator from afar, or look up into the pines and oak trees that are home to more than 360 species of birds that live in the Fort Morgan area!

There are four hiking trails at this refuge, so hikers of any skill level can find something appropriate.

Trails range from one to five miles and vary in difficulty. No matter which trail you choose, you’ll find incredible surroundings and can easily enjoy the company of your loved ones.

Alligator at Hugh S. Branyon Nature Trails

Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail

The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail spans more than 15 miles through Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. The seven trails will take guests through six unique ecosystems, all with their own unique beauty and breathtaking wildlife. Head to the butterfly garden to unwind and watch the gorgeous colors all around you, or take to one of the trails for a more up-close experience.

The trails here are also great for a fun history lesson. Head down Chapman Road to learn about the Backcountry Trail’s beginnings in the 1700s, or check out Twin Bridges to head into the native land. There is no limit to the amount of wildlife you will encounter, from the common squirrel or red fox to the majestic gopher tortoise or armadillo.

Gulf State Park

There’s enough to do at Gulf State Park to entertain you for an entire day, and the trails are just one piece of the puzzle. You’ll find more than 28 miles of paved trail, which includes the seven trails of Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. You’ll be able to experience all kinds of wildlife and can take to the trail however you please, whether that’s a slow stroll, a quick run, or a bike ride.

Come try to spot a bobcat or a whitetail deer, or just watch the bald eagles and ospreys make their nests. The diverse ecosystems of the Alabama Gulf Coast are all on display for you to enjoy. If the trails aren’t enough for you, other activities at Gulf State Park include fishing, enjoying the beaches, sampling the fresh seafood, and a number of weekly activities.

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Even if you don’t consider yourself an outdoor person, you’re sure to fall in love with the gorgeous nature surrounding our Fort Morgan Beach house rentals. We are proud to offer the guests of Fort Morgan a superior lodging experience, with rentals of all sizes and dedicated staff ready to meet every request. Contact us today for more information on our pet friendly Fort Morgan rentals as well as all of our accommodations!