Rosemary Dunes is a beautiful sand swale and marshland decorated trail across from Orange Beach. The paved trail sways and descends amid plush piles of white sand and lush green water lilies and cattails.
Rosemary Dunes is a beautiful sand swale and marshland decorated trail across from Orange Beach. The paved trail sways and descends amid plush piles of white sand and lush green water lilies and cattails. The sounds of traffic zipping by quickly fade as the path takes you deep into the pristine undeveloped gentle slopes of the backcountry of the Alabama Gulf.
Enveloped by the fresh salt air, bent pines and oaks, this trail oozes with refreshment from the daily grind of life. Almost two miles in length, the allure of a wind swept setting transports you timelessly along the trace which was once used by Native American Indians. Connecting with Catman Road, this trail by far is one of the most scenic.
What Makes It Great
Wandering parallel along Middle and Little Lakes of the Gulf State Park, the Rosemary Dunes Trail comprises vast wetlands, ponds and aquatic wildlife. Resident, Lefty, an American alligator is a local favorite. There are several families of alligators around Rosemary Dunes Trails, especially close to the bridge which crosses over a small stream, younger alligators are seen near its banks sunning.
Snakes are another prevalent sight on this trail so be careful. Many different types of wildflowers are found along the trail with restrooms and water fountains at the crossing of Catman Road.
Who is Going to Love It
This trail is only a few miles from downtown Gulf Shores and a midway position for all the Backcountry Trails. It is one of the best trails to hike if you are wanting a more beach landscape view.
If you want to see wildlife up close and personal, then this trail will most likely be the best one to do that on. Parking is limited near East Beach Road, but there are plenty of parking nearby at one of the many shopping plazas with a short walk to the trail.
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 Rosemary Dunes Trail begins from the intersection of AL 59 South, (or Gulf Shores Parkway), and AL 182 East Beach Blvd. Traveling 3.5 miles eastward on AL 182, turn left into the Rosemary Dunes Trailhead parking lot.