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Cotton Bayou, Rosemary Dunes, and Catman Loop

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Gulf State Park

Cotton Bayou, Rosemary Dunes, and Catman Loop is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Orange Beach, Alabama that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 5.5 mi Elevation gain 26 ft Route type Loop

Wheelchair friendly

Kid friendly

Backpacking

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Road biking

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Lake

Paved

Views

Wildlife

No shade

Waypoints (1)
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    Boulder Park

    30.27488, -87.60672

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Sarah S
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Paved trail good for biking and running. Not shaded although lined with foliage on either side and some access to views of the water. Marked with maps throughout park and plenty of benches and drinking water.

Rachel King
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I would rate this as easy because the ground is flat and paved. The heat of the summer makes it a challenge. Bring plenty of water, and fill up every time you see a station. Also bug spray. We parked at Rosemary dunes and avoided crowds.

Chelsie Arrants
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Absolutely gorgeous! Very well kept with plenty of spots to stop and take a break. The trail head includes an information center with trail maps, the trail has mile markers every quarter mile and the trails are identifiably marked. We parked at the entrance and then walked Catmans Trail and then took Rattlesnake Ridge back to the beginning. I can't wait to go back and explore the other trails!

Chris-Niki Chiles
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Running

Nicely paved and so well kept. Less traffic on the cotton part of the trail and decent traffic on back country trail. Easy trail, didn’t feel like it was a moderate hard trail, as stated. Will definitely return!

Ryan Williams
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Hiking

Very well maintained, paved and flat the entire way except a wood bridge. Nice views of the lake and on the bridge between trails. Two good looks at some Bald Eagle nests. Would say easy as opposed to moderate.

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Graham Jake
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RunningBugs

We did a long run in the park and loved it. Started at 6 with the sunrise and wouldn’t want to go much later due to heat. Absolutely pristine paved trails and boardwalks that clearly are well taken care of. Not much off road type trails but great for nature running and if you want to go fast. Very flat. Well marked trails with many maps at trail intersections. A couple neat play structures for kids along the way. Great for a run although very buggy with the flies.

Professor Ravenwood
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I would rate this easy; wide, paved paths and sections of boardwalk that are good for easy walks, strollers, and children on bicycles. There are benches, playgrounds, bathrooms, and drinking fountains available at several points. Good chance of seeing armadillos and various birds.

Ryan Pratt
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Chad McAtee
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Matt Colville
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Susan Homsey
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Taylor Cate
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Ben Clary
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drew Lawson
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Bill Steele
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Larry McDonald
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Machelle Brown
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Richard Sparrow
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Thomas Abbott
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Ellaine Arnold
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Mike Kennedy
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Nick Burton
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Erik Berg
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Shelley Shoemaker
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Kim Harrison
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Kim Orsini
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Thomas Stahl
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Debbie Roberts
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Brenda Reiter-Gorman
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Brian Forrester
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