Bird Watching on the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail

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Explore avian paradise and on the ACBT. Multiple trails and RR facilities offer an enjoyable retreat for birders, photographers, and guests.

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Jani Phillips


200.0 miles

The Alabama Coastal Birding Trail is 200 miles of trails subdivided into six major loops according to their geographic location and habitat. Each loop is then further subdivided into smaller multiple trails that can be explored individually in a short walk or all together in a longer day trip.

Destination Distance From Downtown

9.2 miles


1 of 5 diamonds

These are well marked and maintained trails used for leisure and bird watching.

Time To Complete

1 hours

There are six major loops spanning 200 miles and covering two counties in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Each loop is subdivided into multiple smaller trails appropriate for short outings. Guests can walk a trail in as little as 45 minutes or spend the entire day walking several trails.


Spring, Summer, and Fall

The spring is the best time to visit because nature is bustling and the weather is mild. The summer is great because many different birds are migrating but the humidity can make it a little uncomfortable. Fall is beautiful because the leaves are changing colors and guests can sometimes catch a glimpse of a rare species of bird.

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Seeing a pelican nose dive into the Gulf at full speed or a Royal Tern scoping out a small estuary for the catch of the day is a privileged affair and a regular occurrence along the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail. The Alabama Coastal Birding Trail is a conglomerate of more than fifty well-organized stops carefully perched among six loop trails along the Alabama Coastal Region. Each stop features a full description and a different coastal habitat that beckons to a diverse population of bird species and spectators alike. Various ecological regions are represented, offering guests the opportunity to view the infinite variety of bird species that populate the region.

What Makes It Great

The Alabama Coastal Birding Trail sits along the main corridor of the migration route attracting more than four hundred different species of birds. The diverse ecological surroundings and mild temperature offers rest and safety for the many different birds who pass through the region in their flight to and from South America.

The Alabama Coastal Birding Trail is comprised of six major loops that span over two hundred miles of the coastal region. The pristine trails are delicately cut within the landscape and embellished with descriptive signage that marks each of the fifty stops along the way. Undisturbed nature slowly awakens with the sun rise offering a spectacle fit for royalty. Elevated platform structures and occasional amenities are carefully sprinkled throughout the habitats providing the opportunity for visitors to enjoy multiple views among the landscape.

The cohesive trails encompass multiple geographic regions for an unparalleled demonstration of avian paradise. They offer guest access suitable for a short stop or a day trip with never a mundane moment. Visitors of all ages enjoy the majestic spectacle of nature that is found here.

Who is Going to Love It

Multiple well marked trails and informational signage carefully embedded into the natural landscape beckons to spectators of all ages. Spanning two entire counties, the Alabama Birding Trail is diverse enough to cater to multiple agendas while nurturing the very essence of wildlife itself.

Novice and serious birders alike are attracted by the opportunity to view such a vast variety of feathered species, from resident birds to the extremely rare occasional visitor. Travelers find respite and solace in the surrounding nature and the ambiance of the environment. Even photographers come in hopes of capturing that one grandiose moment on film.  

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Each of the six individual loops on the Alabama Birding Trail offers parking at the trail head and a welcome center or restroom facilities. The trail head for Orange Beach Loop begins at the bridge over Perdido Pass/Alabama Point, formerly known as Florida Point. It is just East of AL 59 on AL 182. The Fort Morgan Loop access is at the intersection of AL 59 and AL 180 in Gulf Shores.  The Southern County Baldwin Loop begins at the intersection of AL 59 and U.S. 98 in Foley. 

The Blakeley Island Loop covers a large portion of the Eastern Shore so the easiest place to start is at exit 35 near the intersection of US 98 and I-10. Just south of Stockton, Alabama, at the intersection of I-65 and AL 225, is the head of the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta Loop. The Dauphin Island Loop begins at the water tower near the southern portion of AL 193.

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