Twin Bridges Trail

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Summary

The shortest of all the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trails, Twin Bridges is a charming one mile hike carefully enveloped by draping oaks of spanish moss. The entrance to Twin Bridges is located in the back of the Orange Beach Sports Complex via the Gulf Oak Ridge Trail.

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Cindy M. Jones

Distance

1.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

4.1 miles

Difficulty

1 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 hours

Seasonality

All Seasons

Dog Friendly

On Leash Only

Fees Permits

No

Land Website

Hugh S. Branyon Trails

Review

Intro

The shortest of all the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trails, Twin Bridges is a charming one mile hike carefully enveloped by draping oaks of spanish moss. The entrance to Twin Bridges is located in the back of the Orange Beach Sports Complex via the Gulf Oak Ridge Trail.

Paring is plentiful and usually empty unless a sporting event is taking place.

This trail serves as a connection between the Gulf Oak Ridge and Catman Road Trails. It is paved except for two wooden bridges over marsh areas.

What Makes It Great

Distinctive L-shaped oaks are found along this trail which were once used by Native American Indians who shaped the trees to mark important routes. During the early pioneer days, others used these same trails for logging and settling areas in the southern tip of Alabama.

Legends and myths of an Indian tribe living within the Backcountry Trail systems ages ago, evolved into the Catman legend. Ghostly moss dripping from the trees stirred by the winds conjures up wonder and appreciation for the graceful habitat.

Who is Going to Love It

The ease of parking in the Orange Beach Sports Complex and the connections to all the other trails within the Backcountry system is a plus. This trail provides over 7 miles of hiking starting with Coyote Crossing and ending with Cotton Bayou, Rattlesnake Ridge or Catman Road Trails. Twin Bridges makes it possible to begin your hike in Gulf Shores and end in Orange Beach.

It also provides a leisurely hike for others looking for a shorter distance without giving up the scenic natural settings.

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.

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.
Follow AL-180 E/Alabama's Coastal Connection to William Silvers Pkwy in Orange Beach. Take a left, follow to end, entrance is near back on Orange Beach Sportsplex.

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

Location

Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail

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

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