Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail

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Gulf State Park

Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail is a 12.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Orange Beach, Alabama that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length12.2 miElevation gain98 ftRoute typeLoop
Wheelchair friendlykid friendlystroller friendlyNature tripsRoad bikingWalkingBird watchingRunningBeachDog friendlyForestLakePavedRiverwild-flowersWildlifeBugs
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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.

There are four trail heads. 1. On Park Rd 2. (Twin Bridges) It also has a pathway they are paving at this time to connect with Fort Morgan Road in Gulf Shores. 2. Off of 161 in Orange Beach, nice parking and maps (Catman Road). 3. At the Fire Dept in Orange Beach (Rattlesnake Ridge). 4. Off of Perdido Beach Blvd (Rosemary Dunes). 5. At the Orange Beach Sports Complex, all the way in the far corner a little hard to find (Also Twin Bridges )

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Dawn Light
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Katie Warren
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Jen Romito
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Road biking

Gulf State Park never lets me down! #Riderad

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Josh Breazeale
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RunningGreat!

Early morning 10K. Great trail and very well kept. Also enjoyed the boardwalks throughout the loops. This is an asphalt trial, so consider your running preference.

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Carlton Porter
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Hiking

Very diverse habitats. Marsh, prairie, beach, salt and fresh water.

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Matthew Brown
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Dan Genest
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Mountain biking

What an awesome trail...worth the visit. We biked 10 miles of it but will go back again to explore some more. Has an air station (for bikes), restrooms, rest benches. Great for all skill levels and ages as well as walkers, runners, etc.

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Ben Davis Jr.
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Hiking

I just don't like asphalt trails. Sure bikers love it.

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Mike Dougherty
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Road biking

Nice easy ride. A little wind by the lake but otherwise very enjoyable.

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Ron Blocker
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Mountain biking

I absolutely loved this trail network. There seems to be something for everyone. Please see my video review here: https://youtu.be/h3s8MGt7Ya8

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Lisa Yates
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Hiking

Enjoyed it very much! Fun to have something different to do instead of beaching. Great trail!

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Dani Clifford
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HikingNo shade

Always an awesome hike, but it does lack in shade so come prepared.

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Phillip Cain
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Rode this trail saturday, saw two alligators, four eagles, one very long snake, one rabbit, and a nice coke machine. Really needed a drink since I left my water in the truck. Great Trail!!

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Amber Denning
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beautiful scenery

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Terri Linihan
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beautiful and well maintained trail.

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Cheri Alguire Miller
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Great biking trail that connects with many other trails. Saw great birds, turtles, and more. Overcast foggy day but great on the trail. No charge for parking in the State Park. Bathrooms and air station along the trail.

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Shannon & Mariel Lynch
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Hiking

Great biking and hiking trail. A little along the shoulder of a highway... but mostly not. Rode through an alligator habitat and past a bald eagle's nest!

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Robert Farkas
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easy trail to walk, bike or hike. several acess points with good parking areas. well marked, lots of benches, several restrooms with drinking water.

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Richard Sparrow
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Hiking

Great trail. Easy hiking

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Richard Sparrow
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Hiking

Nice set of trails. Very easy walk. Great for seniors.

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Emily Hunter
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Hiking

Great for hiking and biking. Beautiful trails and scenery!

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Ashli Dansby
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This trail isn’t for me, but my 3-year-old loved it.

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Joshua Goodall
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Hiking

Hiked a large part of this trail in mid-July after a rainstorm. The heat and humidity had subsided so it wasn't bad. The trails are very well maintained, options of paved asphalt, raised wooden trails, or primitive dirt trails. Little elevation change, restrooms, and water all along the way. There are some beautiful scenic spots and amazing ecosystems along the way. The reason this gets a 5 star over a four is the wildlife. Saw several snakes, frogs, turtles, and birds. Even saw a bobcat on the wooden trail. Did not see alligators or armadillos but according to campers there are plenty around the area so be cautious and aware at all times. Definite must for any outdoorsy person in the Gulf Shores area.

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William Leipprandt
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Great place for casual ride.

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Ghost N
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Hiking

Did Alligator Marsh Trail to Bear Creek Trail. Short unpaved out and back Trail.

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Larry Jarrett
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Hiking

Excellent trail system for walking, running or biking. Now that the boardwalks are complete you can easily walk or bike to the beach or fishing pier. Lots of wildlife viewing opportunities.

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Terri Morgan
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Very easy trails. 4.7 miles in the heat. All paved or boardwalk

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W Townsend
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Fun easy for all ages

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W Townsend
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Road biking

Excellent

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Eddie Tarkany
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Hiking

Very nice set of trails. All paved and boardwalks. My wife and I walked with our black lab and enjoyed it. It was very heavy traffic even for February so I imagine once tourist season gets in full swing there will be little solitude. Great park!

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