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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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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 4 days ago via mobile

This NWR is beautiful as you would expect. We parked at the Pine Beach Trailhead, put on sunscreen and bug spray and got on the trail. All along the way there are signs providing the names of the different types of trees and flowers. This...More

Thank RBTowhee
Reviewed 1 week ago

The grounds have been laid out beautifully. As you walk through the paths, keep your eyes open for the wildlife. There is somethinghere for everyone. Bird watchers bring your binoculars.

Thank MRB5357
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This wildlife refuge is beautiful. We peddle kayak in and around this refuge to fish, watch seagulls, pelicans and other waterfowls and commune with dolphins close up such that we hear them breathing. It is a natural land mass that is teaming with diverse vegetation...More

Thank annet108
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely do this in the early morning. We started on Gator Lake trail. It wasn't long before we had flies biting us. A little bug spray or essential oils for a repellant might be a good idea. Once we hit the main gravel trail things...More

Thank Pitdaddy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was one of the highlights for our kids (7 and 10) They had a blast swimming and finding crabs. We hiked along the beach, found a great little sandbar and picknicked. What a peaceful and authentic experience with our kiddos.

Thank frequentadventures
Reviewed 17 June 2017 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 16 June 2017

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

2  Thank Barry S
Reviewed 30 May 2017 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 24 May 2017

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

2  Thank phavel88
Reviewed 24 May 2017

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

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19 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
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.