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Best bird watching trails in Gulf State Park, Alabama

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in Gulf State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of bird watching trails in Gulf State Park, Alabama
Park information
Acreage:
6,150 acres
Park hours
Monday
dawn - dusk
Tuesday
dawn - dusk
Wednesday
dawn - dusk
Thursday
dawn - dusk
Friday
dawn - dusk
Saturday
dawn - dusk
Sunday
dawn - dusk
Contact
251-948-7275
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Top trails (13)
#1 - Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail
Gulf State Park
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Length: 12.2 mi • Est. 4 h 58 m
All trails are paved with a nice restroom building, butterfly pavillion, swings, and seats for resting. Not real long but enjoyable trails. The fire damage is gone and many improvements have been made. This area has many trail options. Bicycles can get 20 miles when you ride all of the connected trails. There are at least five trailheads and many places to stop and enjoy the scenery. But the best thing about this trail is the wildlife. You can see deer, foxes, coyotes, many varieties of snakes, alligators, shorebirds, turtles, birds of prey (bald eagles and osprey), rabbits, and possum. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved asphalt, smooth, and typically at least six feet wide. The grade is gentle (all estimated under 3%) so most wheelchair and stroller users will likely be able to traverse this trail.Show more
#2 - Gopher Tortoise Trail
Gulf State Park
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 53 m
This is a nice family-friendly trail with a variety of scenery including woods and coastal waters. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved asphalt or boardwalk and typically at least six feet wide. The estimated grade is flat (all 1% or less) so will likely be traversable for most wheelchair/mobility equipment or stroller users. There are sandy path options in the area as well but these are not recommended for equipment users as the sand can be loose and deep.Show more
#3 - Gulf Oak Ridge Trail
Gulf State Park
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 16 m
This wooded trail is shared by hikers and cyclists and ends at a sports complex (starts from the golf course). There are lots of nice Spanish moss covered water oak trees and a variety of ecosystems along the way. Accessibility: The trail surface is smoothly paved asphalt and typically at least six feet wide. The estimated grade is gentle (all 3% or less) so will likely be traversable for most wheelchairs/mobility equipment or strollers. There are benches along the way for resting.Show more
#4 - Cotton Bayou, Rosemary Dunes, and Catman Loop
Gulf State Park
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 14 m
This paved trail is good for biking and running. It is not shaded although lined with foliage on either side and has some access to views of the water. It is marked with maps throughout the park and there are plenty of benches and drinking water. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved asphalt or boardwalk and typically between five and eight feet wide. The estimated grade is gentle (all 2% or less) so will likely be traversable for most wheelchair/mobility equipment or stroller users. There are benches along the way for resting.Show more
#5 - Catman Road
Gulf State Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 1 h 42 m
This popular paved trail is nicely shaded and beautifully taken care of. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved asphalt and typically at least eight feet wide (with a painted divider to split into two lanes). The estimated grade is flat (all 1% or less) so will likely be traversable for most wheelchair/mobility equipment or stroller users.Show more
#6 - Beach Mouse Bypass
Gulf State Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 46 m
This elevated boardwalk trail connects the green side of the park to the Interpretive Center and Beach Pavilion. It is a great place to bring the whole family. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved or wooden boardwalk and typically at least six feet wide. The estimated grade is flat (all 1% or less) so the route will likely be traversable for most wheelchairs/mobility equipment or strollers.Show more
#7 - Rosemary Dunes Trail
Gulf State Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 1 h 45 m
#8 - Rattlesnake Ridge Trail
Gulf State Park
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 17 m
#9 - Cross Park Trail
Gulf State Park
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 39 m
Thi trail is great for the whole family and has lovely views of the lake and waterfowl. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved asphalt or boardwalk (that has railings on both sides) and typically between five and eight feet wide. The estimated grade is flat (all 1% or less) so will likely be traversable for most wheelchair/mobility equipment or stroller users.Show more
#10 - Bear Creek Trail via Gopher Tortoise Trail
Gulf State Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 43 m
This route is mostly smoothly paved but there are some sandy and rocky asphalt trails too. It runs between the campground and the Gulf Oak Ridge Trail. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved asphalt and typically at least six feet wide. The estimated grade is flat (all 1% or less) so the route will likely be traversable for most wheelchairs/mobility equipment or strollers.Show more
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