Explore the most popular National Parks in Alabama with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
11 days 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!

Very easy hike. Definitely a good one for little kids to attend. Pretty disinteresting if you are looking for a good hike, but great if you like history.

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 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
4 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
5 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful wooded trail with a lot of history. I would definitely recommend this one!

FYI. NO DOGS ALLOWED!!

trail running
6 months ago

Nice trail, well marked

hiking
7 months ago

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
8 months ago

Up and down trail circling the Horseshoe Bend Battlefield. The trail is graveled in large portions but is a little muddy in places. The hike itself took about an hour. Didn't see a soul on the trail and only a few people in the park. I also went through the visitor's center and traveled the auto tour loop. Made for an enjoyable half day trip.

hiking
9 months ago

We saw a Pygmy rattlesnake and huge water moccasin.

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
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Easy hike (stroll?) with little elevation changes. This is a great loop for someone just wanting to take a walk a get some exercise. Well maintained path with little traffic.

hiking
Sunday, November 27, 2016

A hidden gem. The park is beautiful and the Talapoosa is very scenic. The area of the trail along the river is five degrees cooler. I ride a motorcycle to the park and hike this trail year round. Very little hiking traffic.

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.

hiking
Thursday, July 10, 2014

Beautiful scenery. Only saw two people the day I went. I would recommend sun screen as there wasn't much shade. The beach was great there wasn't a soul in sight!

hiking
Thursday, July 10, 2014

Nice 1 mile loop partial gravel and boardwalk. There was a tree down on the boardwalk that was easy to step over when I went. Centennial Trail branches off from but didn't try this trip. Trail head has parking and maps.

hiking
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Beautiful trail! Very easy walk on the sand road. But if you are going here you need to put on a ton of high DEET bug-spray and probably a long sleeved shirt and pants. But it's a very nice trail with some good ponds and animals to see.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Almost got ran over by a lady in a white car.LoL I was on the lookout thanks to reading previous post.

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