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Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

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Bon Secour

I travel to Bon Secour/Orange Beach/Gulf Shores several times a year. I love the Bon Secour area... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Mike O
Birmingham, Alabama
Great views and trails

We enjoyed the different sites, trails, overlook, and being in nature. This is a great place to... read more

Reviewed August 2, 2018
Gulf Shores, Alabama
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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
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We parked in a dirt parking lot just off Ft. Morgan Rd. We walked about a mile to the Alligator lake where there was a viewing platform. Did not see any alligators but did come across a small snake. There are 1/4 mile markers to...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I travel to Bon Secour/Orange Beach/Gulf Shores several times a year. I love the Bon Secour area and am proud to live in the same state as this amazing stretch of land!

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Reviewed August 2, 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed the different sites, trails, overlook, and being in nature. This is a great place to hike and spend time outdoors.

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Reviewed July 27, 2018

We visited Bon Secour around 11am on a hot July day. The first trail we walked was the Jeff Friend trail which is a scenic and easy mile loop with shade and benches all along the trail . A section of the trail is boardwalk...More

Thank goofy g
Reviewed July 22, 2018

Any time I go to the coast, I like to get away from the crowds, and see the natural beauty & wildlife. The trails at Bon Secour are easy to follow, and cut through the palmetto forest along the seashore. I went in the afternoon,...More

3  Thank mltbct643
Reviewed July 7, 2018 via mobile

With so many crowds in nearby Gulf Shores and Fort Morgan, it is refreshing to see an empty beach. We saw 4 people while out here for more than an hour. The trails provide adventure and a peek at what this area would look like...More

3  Thank MandevilleDad
Reviewed June 25, 2018

Get your hiking shoes on and lather on the sunscreen and bug spray as you trek through this AMAZING wildlife refuge on your way to the beach. Lots of wildlife and educational tidbits along the way as you learn about the native plants. We even...More

2  Thank RPittman
Reviewed May 9, 2018 via mobile

What a find! An easy two miles walk to the beach with the last quarter mile through the dunes. However, keep moving the first mile or the horseflies will find you too irresistible to resist. The reward for batting away the flies is well worth...More

3  Thank Raye54
Reviewed May 9, 2018

Two of us left early to explore the Pine Beach Trail (about 8:00am) which is a part of the much larger Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge. The first third of the trail is flat on a gravel road. It is well shaded, with some tree and...More

1  Thank Jodnay
Reviewed April 29, 2018

My wife and I traveled here this April and really enjoyed the beauty of the white sand beaches and the wildlife of the refuge. This NWR is located in southwestern Alabama near the town of Gulf Shores. It was established by Congress in 1980 for...More

1  Thank BluegooseTraveler
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April 4, 2018|
Response from Robert W | Reviewed this property |
There is a visitor center. It is on the North side of Fort Morgan road, about 1/4 mile East of the parking lot for the trail. I don't think they have rangers there, but there are well-qualified workers who can usually... More
Jackie C
March 2, 2018|
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Response from Kathleen M | Reviewed this property |
Not the entire way on trails. You can pull it up on Google Maps and see where the trail parallels the road and then where it ends. You will need to get on 180 for the western end of the route. There’s not a ton of traffic on... More
February 22, 2018|
Response from Lou Ann T | Reviewed this property |
No,did not go kayaking, just hiking trails. Saw dolphins from shore near Fort Morgan, both on the Mobile Bay side near the ferry and on the Gulf side.