Location: Orange Beach, AL and Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores, AL, Trail system joins Gulf State Park to coastal forests from State Route 161 west to Hwy. 59 and south to Hwy 182.
The street address for the main trailhead is 3801 Orange Beach Blvd. Orange Beach, AL 36561
The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail is a multi-use, handicapped accessible asphalt and boardwalk trail that winds through the pristine coastal forests within the City of Orange Beach and Alabama's Gulf State Park.
Nestled along freshwater lakes and streams less than a mile north of the Gulf of Mexico, the trail supports numerous uses, including walking, running, biking, roller blading, nature walks and bird watching.
The trail is named after the director of Gulf State Park, Hugh S. Branyon, in honor of his vision to improve public access to the diverse spectrum of nature in the unspoiled coastal lowland area of Alabama's Gulf Coast.
The City of Orange Beach and Alabama State Parks forged a partnership in 2003 to open the first 1.75-mile leg along the historic Catman Road. The trail has expanded to 7.5 miles of paved walkways with three trailheads, full-service restrooms, a screened, covered picnic pavilion and a butterfly garden. A volunteer citizens’ advisory committee provides input and resources for development and preservation of the trail.
As part of the Gulf State Park enhancement project, the Hugh Branyon Backcountry Trail has been expanded and now features 28 miles of trails. The trail enhancements allow the curious visitor to explore the diverse ecosystems of the Alabama Gulf Coast by offering more amenities and greater access throughout the park. Guests can move comfortable throughout the park on trails that create several loops through unique habitats.
Discover the timeless beauty of the Butterfly Garden, majestic Bald Eagle and Osprey nests, the mystical Freshwater Marshes, and the Coastal Hardwood Swamps. Catch a glimpse of a Bobcat on Twin Bridges or a White-Tailed Deer on Sawgrass Trail. View an Alligator basking in the sun and be sure to bring your camera to capture the adventure! With terrain suitable for walking, running, or biking; you are sure to enjoy the stunning natural scenery only found on the Alabama Gulf Coast.
The park is now offering a bike share program where bikes can be borrowed for your adventure. Download the Bloom App and enjoy an adventure at Gulf State Park.
Width: 120 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: Boardwalk
Average Grade: 2%
Maximum Grade: 7%
Elevation Low Point: 5
Elevation High Point: 34
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available
Year Designated: 2009
Supporting Webpages and DocumentsBrochure: Backcountry Trail
Website: American Trails Featured NRT
Website: Alabama State Parks
For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.
City of Orange Beach
4101 Orange Beach Blvd.
P.O. Box 2432
Orange Beach, AL 36561 [email protected]
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