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Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

#6 of 43 things to do in Gulf Shores Features Animals
12295 State Highway 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542-8203
+1 251-540-7720
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Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge Kayak Tour
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A 6,000-acre nature preserve with a number of endangered species.
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12295 State Highway 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542-8203
+1 251-540-7720
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We grew up here and have been going for 25+ years. Although it's gotten busier over the last 5 or 6 years, "busy" season is still under 150 people on a Saturday and weekdays a couple dozen. If you get here first thing in the...More

Thank WanderNorthGeorgia
Reviewed 1 week ago

After spending time in the touristy area of Gulf Shores I did not have high expectations for this reserve...i was wrong. This is a wonderful place to spend a few hours. Some cautions..1) bathroom availability is limited to nonexistent, 2) some trail sections are plagued...More

1  Thank Barry S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you need a break from the crowds of Gulf Shores. We took the Pine Beach Trail. It was a lovely secluded trail. It was peaceful and relaxing.

Thank Melissa B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

By going in the early morning hours you are able to see dolphins feeding in the gulf. You also beat the heat when hiking to the beach. The trails are moderate in difficulty. I would not advise taking children due to the large abundance of...More

1  Thank phavel88
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful, natural scenery, great place to observe the ornithological diversity in Alabama the Beautiful (in short: great for naturists and bird-watchers).

Thank Eric K
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to do this hike, and have a picnic on the beach. The 1st 2/3 was on a nice gravel path. The last 1/3 was across the sand dunes. But what a georgous reward. A nice , quiet, secluded beach. We saw many species...More

Thank nascarmikeb
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Stumbling upon this refuge was a nice surprise. We are all about protecting our natural places and this wet land area is beautiful. Worth taking the time to explore.

Thank Marilyn N
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

Pine Beach trail provides a quiet, educational walk. Saw 6 other people in our 2+ hour walk. Also saw osprey, owl, quite a few herons, and a number of feasting brown pelicans. We were only people on beach so birds numerous. Take binoculars. Not sure...More

Reviewed 3 May 2017

The Pine Beach trail was wonderful! Took our two small kids; was able to use the stroller the whole time. Good signs explaining the surrounding fauna. The map said 2 miles one way; it was probably more like 5 miles total. A great beach view...More

Thank Jenny B
Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

My husband and I took the centennial trail. It was almost entirely flat and had a well marked gravel path. It takes you to Alligator lake which has a observation tower. Once at the lake we saw serval birds, lots of fish, crabs and one...More

1  Thank Stephanie R
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I saw there is a public beach. Is it a good spot for swimming?
20 January 2017|
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Response from DavidO1901 | Reviewed this property |
It is a long walk from the trailhead to the beach and much of the path is covered with loose sand. It is a beautiful hike and the beach is very secluded. Great exercise for your legs. The beach is gorgeous and serene and... More
Linda M
Are dogs allowed on leashes?
22 December 2016|
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Response from gotravel09south | Reviewed this property |
No, dogs are not allowed even on leashes. There is a sign at the entrance stating No animals. I would think Service Dogs are allowed because they are allowed anywhere. It's a fun & worthwhile walking tour.