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Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail

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Address: Orange Beach, AL 36561
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Best on-land outdoor experience at Orange Beach

The backcountry trail is a real gem. Great for walking and running and a wonderful experience on a bicycle. The differences in terrain are surprising, from dunes, to swamps to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
GHawley
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Birmingham, Alabama

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Birmingham, Alabama
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The backcountry trail is a real gem. Great for walking and running and a wonderful experience on a bicycle. The differences in terrain are surprising, from dunes, to swamps to open savannah to elevated bluffs. How many places can you get off your bicycle and watch an alligator and her babies, week after week, watching them grow--counting the little ones... More 

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Anniston, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We love strolling on the beach, but sometimes it is nice to go for a brisk walk. This trail is perfect to really stretch your legs. You can walk for miles and miles if you wish or just a short distance. There are several entrances with easy parking. Give it a try.

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Glendale, Arizona
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The majority of the hike was on wooden paths with several places to stop along the way. We seen an Os-pray Bird on the path feeding its babies. It got very hot. There were people riding bikes. That would have been a great idea. As you go into the trail take a left at the crossing that is the trail... More 

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Aurora, IL
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The trail was very nice. Wide for all. Saw a mother gator and little ones at the habitat. Bring water, cold towel, and sunscreen when riding in the afternoon. It helped tremendously. We rented bikes from Island Outfitters in Gulf Shores and drove a couple miles to the trail ($15 each bike for 4 hrs; bring gloves for the handgrips).... More 

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Plainfield
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice wide paved trail for bikes, joggers and walkers. Trail was clean and had benches every so often if you needed to rest. There were plaques identifying different plants and trees, which was kind of neat.

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Spooner, United States
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a fine park for hiking or bicycling. Lots to see, nice blacktopped trails, much wildlife - armadillos, gators (depending on the temperature) and more.

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Brookfield, Wisconsin
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Reviewed April 20, 2017 via mobile

We hiked the Catman Trail. Entire trail was paved. Trail wide enough for bikers and hikers. Resting benches along trail. Bathrooms about 2 miles in. Nice lake views. Interesting plants and insects including a pink grasshopper. Not a challenging hike.

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Thank Lisa L
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Reviewed April 17, 2017

Well maintained. Great to jog and walk. Well marked. All asphalt, so good for bikes. I ran here every morning.

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Saint Mary, Missouri
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Reviewed April 17, 2017

We recently stayed at Pandion Ridge RV Resort which has access to the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. We rode our bikes on several of the trails and had a great time. The trails are very well maintained, level and very wide. We are coming back in June and will explore more of the trails.

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Haslett, Michigan
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Reviewed April 14, 2017

My family of four had a great time exploring the different trails. We saw 2 snakes and several alligators (they're fenced off). The trails are a blast--mostly paved but some wooden bridges to cross. Beautiful scenery. We would definitely do this again.

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