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Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail

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Great trail!

We came to Orange Beach in a week in November when it was rainy and cold, so the beach was not an... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Collinsville, Illinois
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A nice place to walk

We took a walk on the trail every day that we were in Orange Beach. This is a wonderful trail... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Orange Beach, AL 36561
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed June 17, 2014

I've been riding or walking this trail since it's inception, and every year they add more trails. It's a wide, paved path (12 ft?) through the maritime forest in the middle of Orange Beach. The terrain goes from swamp to a gorgeous cliff overlooking the...More

6  Thank mamarston
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Reviewed July 19, 2018 via mobile

Interesting diversion to break up the beach days. It’s all in the center of the island but hard to figure out which trail to take. Needs better instructions and maps. We almost never found the trailhead we wanted because it was in the back of...More

4  Thank chris9835
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We came to Orange Beach in a week in November when it was rainy and cold, so the beach was not an option. However, as soon as it stopped raining, we headed to this park to get some exercise since we had been indoors most...More

Thank lovemyfamily1981
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a walk on the trail every day that we were in Orange Beach. This is a wonderful trail system.

Thank MItravelerforbus
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed the trails especially the shady Gulf Oaks Trail which travels over the higher ground portion of the park. Easy access from my condo on the beach to the Rosemary Dunes and Catman Trails which are mostly in open country. Lots of benches and water...More

Thank Cliff T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Love these trails! I come every September & usually rent a bike for a week from Infinity Bike Rentals( great bike shop) - they keep expanding the trails more every year. Well maintained, clean and safe. They need to add some permanent signs to mark...More

Thank 2lowd
Reviewed September 26, 2018

We like walking the trails. There are several. It is a nice walk and lots of people walk or ride their bikes there. It is a clean trail.

1  Thank larryj664
Reviewed August 26, 2018

In 2017 I discovered this backcountry hiking & biking trail. This year, 2018, I've logged over 20 walking miles on 3 weekend trips to Orange Beach. I always see local birds and squirrels. In March 2018 I spotted a bobcat which had stopped while crossing...More

3  Thank Yoknapotawpha
Reviewed August 20, 2018

My wife and I in our 50's, do a lot of recreational bike riding in the Pan Handle of North West Florida where we live, so when we heard about these new improved bike trails in Orange Beach Alabama we had to check them out....More

4  Thank darinsfitness1
Reviewed July 30, 2018

Great surfaces, and clean and clear. Ample parking. It does get hot as there is little breeze and very humid. The trails are wide and clear. My wife went for a dawn walk and was surprised by a snake sunning himself in the center of...More

1  Thank Mike W
Reviewed July 23, 2018

My husband and I hiked down a couple of the entrances to these trails. I understand there are so many more miles that we didn't get to walk. Beautiful scenery and watch for wildlife. Mostly I saw lizards but as I said, we didn't get...More

1  Thank okcoxg
Reviewed July 23, 2018

We have enjoyed the Back Country Trail for years and it is a hidden gem to be able to wander through some of the marshes. Sometimes in the Winter and Spring Months, the breeze coming off the Gulf can be rather stiff and cold. The...More

6  Thank PoultryGroup
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July 27, 2017|
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Response from Zeeee | Reviewed this property |
Rent bikes less than 1/2 mile away at Canal Road and Orange Beach Pkwy;you can rent for $10/hr. They are professional with quality goods. There are no bike impediments between there and the trail; the OB infrastructure is... More
John R
May 24, 2017|
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Response from Charles S | Reviewed this property |
The Alligators are behind fences. It's safe lots a kids in the campgrounds.
April 22, 2016|
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Response from Jim P | Reviewed this property |
There are now 27 miles of interconnected trails as of June 2017. They have really expanded the system. Some of the water fountains aren't working yet. Hopefully they will be turned on soon, but be sure to carry water with... More