Pine Beach Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gulf Shores, Alabama that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 3.5 miles Elevation Gain: 26 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching




no dogs

NOTE: As of May 24, 2020, users have reported that the beach area usually accessible at the southern terminus is closed.

2 days ago

Giving it 4 starts for the ending. The trail itself is not much to speak of until you get to the strip between the bay and Gator lake. Not much shade the entire way. Bring some bug spray. Last half mile is sand, but the beach is open. Awesome to finally reach it and have it all to yourself.

4 days ago

Good trail! It is easy to navigate but go when it is cool.

6 days ago

beautiful trail. Well marked with signs about the vegetation in the area. beautiful views when you get to the lagoon/gator lake. walking the sand dunes portion of the trail was bit of a challange for me but worth the view in the end.

8 days ago

Be advised, the beach area usually accessible at the southern terminus is closed .. I usually enjoy a bit of swimming to cool down before I head back up the trail but not this time! Temps 90F with heat index of 98F.. A very beautiful trail, though, with a nice two-story shelter with a view of the salt marsh and lake. Very well taken care of, and easy for newbies. First half is mostly shaded but last part is no shade.

1 month ago

Beautiful trail, probably one of my favorite in Gulf Shores, Alabama right now. Great hike, and perfect for all ages. No pets allowed on this trail.

3 months ago

This place is beautiful, quiet, and relaxing. I hiked most of the trails, did some bird watching, jumped in the Gulf...what a great day! I documented my adventure and posted it on YouTube: Enjoy!

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3 months ago

Hiked Pine Beach, half of Gator Lake, and most of Centennial. Trails were great and well maintained. Most of it is on a road so no one should have a problem hiking it. It is dog friendly and a good spot for birding. Towards the end of Pine Beach you get a beach access with really soft sand to walk on; same with Gator Lake. So, if walking on sand isn't you're thing, I would turn back before hitting the beach. Centennial Trail has boardwalks on it that are closed. So, you can't link up with Jeff's Friend Loop, which was a bummer. I suggest going in late January to early March because it is swampy, and I have no doubt you'll be eaten alive by bugs during the warmer months. Centennial can also be muddy in some spots.

5 months ago

Really great hike.

6 months ago

This is an excellent local resource trail. It is part of the Bon Secour national wildlife refuge. It is basically a gravel paved road, with placards that describe the local foliage and ponds. It is well marked and not crowded at all. I would recommend it in the cooler months. Pets are not allowed. It starts from a wooded area with beautiful live oaks to a Perfect terminus at the Gulf of Mexico with a white sand beach and no one in sight. Enjoy the solitude!

7 months ago

Great trail. Beautiful views, well marked and very well maintained. Last 1/4 mile or so is sand/dunes but worth the effort for an amazing secluded beach view. Parking at trailhead is adequate and well marked. Saw several larger crabs and birds. Another hiker reported in passing seeing a water moccasin but we didn’t see any snakes during our run.

8 months ago

Average Trail. It is more of a car path with a little trail sections. The trail is more towards the side trails. Great walk though. Took about an hour.

8 months ago

Very nice trail. It is well kept and passes by several cool areas. It’s a great place to visit to see different habitat types. You can also see some really cool wildlife throughout the trail.

10 months ago

Great walk for a cloudy day at the beach! Many beautiful spots for picture taking and a great example of the diverse types of terrain found here on the Southern Coast.

Fri May 31 2019

Such a beautiful trail! Well maintained when we were there. Great hike for the whole family!

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Sun Apr 14 2019

A very nice trail with a beautiful beach setting at the end. Bathroom facilities along the way and park benches as well. I would rate this hike a more of a moderate hike. Mainly because of the length and the sand dunes at the end. Make sure you have hydration with you. Especially in summer and late spring. Can get very warm!

Fri Apr 12 2019

Nice trail, easy walk. A lot of birding opportunities. We saw four osprey nests with young and the beach was empty! Pretty nice in such a populated area.

Fri Apr 05 2019

Our family had a great time on this trail. It is beautiful and the beach at the end is a perfect reward for the walk. We had four kids from age 6-9, and they were all able to make the trip.

Mon Mar 25 2019

Pretty mild hike down a gravel road that winds through the gulf forest. Really neat lookout point with benches and small tower. Leads to a very private beach in the gulf. A little challenging for children under 6. Will definitely be taking this hike again!

Sat Mar 02 2019

Nice walk of about 4 miles round-trip. Easy, flat mostly along a dirt/gravel road. Enjoyable

Sun Nov 11 2018

great walk

Wed Aug 29 2018

Very easy trail until the last 1/4 mile or so, then you are walking through beach sand the rest of the way. Totally worth it thought because you end at a stretch of beach that is mostly deserted. Great place to visit if you are in the Gulf Shores area and want to escape the crowded public beaches.

Thu Aug 23 2018

Kid friendly, no dogs. Beautiful scenery and you end up at the beach! One of my favorites. When I take my little one, this is usually where we go.

Wed Aug 01 2018

There was no sign with map of Trails or Destination Points. We walked down gravel road a ways and turned around.

Wed Jul 11 2018

Wasn’t sure what I was getting into but through the woods through sand dunes you pop out at your own beach.. crystal clear water and to top it all off..dolphins swim just off the shore!!! This was a great hike and gets you away from the crowds of people in gulf shores!!

Sun Jun 10 2018

Hiked this morning. Easy trail till you get to the sand dunes. Ditch the footwear and walk barefoot to the beach unless you want to throw sand everywhere.

Mon Apr 09 2018

We did a ruck here with our crossfit buddies & it was a blast! Heavy backpacks made this trail a little more strenuous. Very pretty easy trail to the beach!

Mon Mar 26 2018

The trail is in excellent condition. Plenty of places to stop and rest. The only negative I can give it is it’s very tough on fair skin on a sunny day!!! There is no cover for most of it. About half way there are restrooms available. Of course the beach view is breathtaking. The walk to the beach is not for folks that are out of shape.

Thu Feb 22 2018

Really fun easy walk! Great for kids! No dogs. Lots of sand toward the end so wear tall socks or go barefoot.

Sat Oct 21 2017

Excellent hike and secluded beach. Remanants of an old home near the beach.

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