Don’t let the name intimidate you, Rattlesnake Ridge Trail is a fun trail for anyone. Beginning near the Orange Beach City Hall Complex and the Orange Beach Indian and Sea Museum, there is plenty of parking space.
Don’t let the name intimidate you, Rattlesnake Ridge Trail is a fun trail for anyone. Beginning near the Orange Beach City Hall Complex and the Orange Beach Indian and Sea Museum, there is plenty of parking space. Rattlesnake Ridge is almost two miles in length and connects with Twin Bridges near the hub of all the other trails in the Backcountry Trail system.
Not far from where the trail connects with the others, hikers can stop at the Butterfly Gardens, restrooms and water fountains. The trail is wide and paved with marked sides for cyclist. Once Rattlesnake connects to Twin Bridges, the Catman Road Trail can be accessed for a hike to the Gulf State Park campgrounds.
What Makes It Great
This trail takes you through dense growth with pine trees, scrub oaks and palmettos toward Little Lake. This trail is more heavily embellished with wildflowers and vegetation that would have given early explorers a rough go of it. Thankfully, the city of Orange Beach has kept the beauty of the natural habitation and created a smooth level path for the exploring type.
Wildlife found on the trail include; deer, tortoises, armadillos, rabbits, squirrels, snakes, and lots of salamanders. But beware, they are other flesh eaters such as the carnivorous pitcher plants which makes for an interesting stop. Hold your breathe while unsuspecting dragonflies drop to their death.
Fortunately, water fountains and nicely sheltered swings placed carefully along this trail help weary hikers stay refreshed and hydrated amid all the excitement.
Who is Going to Love It
If you aren’t into adventure and the possibility of sighting something out of the ordinary, this trail probably isn’t for you. If you like the convenience of plentiful parking and a chance to visit the Orange Beach Indian and Sea Museum to get a glance of the history behind this trail, you may want to give Rattlesnake Ridge a try. Be sure to take a camera and share your discoveries.
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 for the Rattlesnake Ridge Trail begins from the intersection of AL 59 South and AL 182 East Beach Blvd. Traveling 6.4 miles eastward on Al 182 East Beach Blvd., turn left onto AL 161 N, Alabama’s Coastal Connection/Orange Beach Blvd. Parking is 1.2 miles on the left taking the John M. Snook Jr. Road.