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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.

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.

Great ADA compliant and family friendly trail that is a mix of gravel and hardwood. Travels through a maritime forest then to a more coastal area alongside Little Lagoon. The trail is actually a little shorter than a mile.

hiking
1 month ago

Bring plenty of bug spray and watch for armadillos, alligators and rattle snakes (I only saw an armadillo). Short but challenging trail due to the sand. Had a great early morning solo hike.

on Pine Beach Trail

hiking
1 month ago

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

I hiked the Jeff Friend Trail and part of the Pine Beach trail via the Centennial connector trail. The Jeff Friend loop and part of the Pine Beach trail are well maintained with great views of Little Lagoon and Gator Lake. The Centennial trail connector has some overgrown areas and in need of maintenance on some of the boardwalks. All of the trails have good interpretive and directional signage throughout.

hiking
2 months ago

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!!

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

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!

hiking
5 months ago

Is this a real trail?? When I turn on the sat layer it starts and ends in the Beach Club parking lot. guard at the gate looked at us like 3 eyed aliens when we tried to get to it...

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

Dogs are NOT allowed on this trail. We were unable to hike here. Gulf Shores State Park is not far from this location and offers numerous dog friendly trails.

update - The Jeff Friend trail loop has been completed renuvated with a new level walking surface. They installed wooden foot bridges with composite decking material that border the water shoreline. just beautiful.

trail running
9 months ago

good trail just get ready to get your shoes wet if it has rained ... some swampy areas but otherwise a good well kept trail

hiking
10 months ago

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

FYI. NO DOGS ALLOWED!!

trail running
11 months ago

Nice trail, well marked

hiking
Sunday, August 27, 2017

WALKED THIS TRAIL SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE IVAN IN 2000-TO 2004, THEN IVAN PUSHED ALOT OF SALT WATER INTO THE FRESHWATER -GATOR LAKE, IT DID SOME DAMAGE TO THE ECO SYSTEM BUT I HAVE HEARD ITS BACK TO NORMAL, I AM FROM MOBILE AND LIVED IIN THE GULF SHORES AREA FOR 10 YEARS. I HAVE NOT HIKED THE BEACH TRAIL SINCE 2007 0R 2008 BUT ALL HAS RETURNED TO NORMAL FROM THE PICS I HAVE SEEN. I LOVE THE PRIVATE BEACH DOWN FROM GATOR LAKE, ..IF YOU WANT A GREAT PLACE TO LAY OUT AND SWIM IN PRIVATE TAKE THIS TRAIL, YOU MAY SEE AN OCCASIONAL HIKER BUT THATS ALL, BEFORE IVAN GATOR LAKE HAD SOME GOOD FISSHING, NOT SURE NOW

hiking
Thursday, July 13, 2017

We saw a Pygmy rattlesnake and huge water moccasin.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

beautiful view of the lagoon and beach

Did this and the latter half of pine beach trail. There are the ruins of an old house off the trail with some interesting history. The bear is secluded and probably one of the few places where there are no condos built.

hiking
Thursday, November 03, 2016

This was a great hike and provided a very different experience than a forest or woods trail. But the last quarter mile or so was very sandy which made for a fairly strenuous hike that led to a secluded beach. There were 2 side trails off this trail. Gator lake trail was a strenuous mile long and very sandy. But the Centennial trail was easier and extremely enjoyable. All the trails are out and back and total 11 miles round trip

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Was enchanted by this very different (when you think of hikes/trails you think of forest and mountains automatically) walk. It was sublime. So much diversity in scenery and vegetation with a wonderful isolated beach finish. Two days later I did the Centennial trail that is just off of Pine Beach Trail for 6 miles (when you also do Jeff Friend). Outstanding trails.

walking
Thursday, July 21, 2016

The first mike was a nice gravel road through timber and swamps, and the last mile was next to the lagoon, alligator lake and then a wonderful beach.

hiking
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Great little short loop to hike with children.

hiking
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Fun trail

hiking
Monday, October 12, 2015

Not a long trail but a very nice nature trail that skirts the lagoon. We hike it every year while snow birding in Gulf Shores.

walking
Thursday, May 21, 2015

I definitely shouldn't have worn flip flops on this walk!! it was a very sandy trail, but in the fall there are a lot of beautiful flowers and butterflies. Sadly didn't see any Gators!

walking
Thursday, January 22, 2015

There are four trails in this refuge. I've hiked Pine Beach and Gator Lake. March is a great time to go especially if you enjoy photography without the annoyance of crowds invading your shot. Trails are short and easy with some stunning scenery along the way.

hiking
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Good hike with lots of scenery and a lot of bugs. Saw several gators in Gator Lake.

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