Gulf Oak Ridge Trail

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Summary

The trail includes a few challenging dips and inclines. Large trees provide shade with benches and swings. Part of the Alabama Birding Trail, it is home to many different species. Other wildlife include alligators, foxes, coyotes and deer.

Written by

Cindy M. Jones

Distance

2.7 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

4.1 miles

Difficulty

1 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

2 hours

Seasonality

All Seasons

Dog Friendly

On Leash Only

Fees Permits

No

Review

Intro

Parking near Gulf State Park Road 2, the trail is adjacent to the Coyote Crossing Trail. Beginning with a wooden boardwalk over a marsh, the trail is paved and smooth. Afternoons, weekends, holiday breaks, and summer months are the busiest times. Restrooms, water fountains, water stations for pets, and maps are available along the trail.

What Makes It Great

The trail includes a few challenging dips and inclines. Large trees provide shade with benches and swings. Part of the Alabama Birding Trail, it is home to many different species. Other wildlife include alligators, foxes, coyotes and deer.

This trail is pet friendly and easily accessible connecting to all other trails within the Backcountry park.

Who is Going to Love It

Lovely and spacious, convenient to the beaches and all the downtown entertainment, the Gulf Oak Ridge Trail adjoins several other trails offering miles of hiking with the necessary accommodations generously provided throughout the Backcountry Trail system.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

All pets must remain on a leash while in the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail systems. This is a No Smoking park. Please dispose of litter in provided bins. Do not feed, handle, or harass wildlife. Non-motorized vehicle use only. No camping allowed.

There are no fees and the trail is open only during daylight hours.

Directions to the Gulf Oak Ridge Trail begins from the intersection of AL 59 South, (or Gulf Shores Parkway), and AL 180 East Fort Morgan Road Trail/Alabama Coastal Connection. Traveling 0.3 miles along AL 180 East Fort Morgan Rd. toward 1st Street, continue onto AL 180 East/Alabama’s Coastal Connection for 0.3 miles. Taking a slight left onto Fort Morgan Rd. for 0.1 mile. Take slight left onto Fort Morgan Rd./State Park Rd. 2 for 1.4 miles. Parking will be to the left.

Location

Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail

Perdido Beach Blvd
Orange Beach, AL, 36561
30.257667, -87.634035

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