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Alabama

Eastern Shore Trail

The Eastern Shore Trail is a varied surface trail for pedestrians and slow bikes that generally follows the shores of Mobile Bay in South Alabama for 22 miles.

photo: Dog walkers on Eastern Shore Trail. Photo by Sherry Sullivan.

Length: 22.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Greenway, Urban Trail
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (on pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: Gator Alley at I-10 in Daphne, Alabama to Weeks Bay Reserve on Scenic Highway 98 in Baldwin County, Alabama.

State(s): Alabama
Counties: Baldwin
Longitude: -87.911877
Latitude: 30.657525

Driving Directions

From Mobile, Alabama, follow I-10 East to Daphne. From Pensacola, take I-10 West and then Exit 35 to Daphne/ Fairhope.

Description

The Trail is a connector between North Daphne and Weeks Bay, built with support from the cities and towns it passes through. Some segments are sidewalks, parts are shared on-road, and other links are asphalt. The route roughly follows the eastern shore of Mobile Bay in Baldwin County, Alabama. The Baldwin County Trailblazers helped raise the funds for it, and now advocate for connectivity and work to improve pedestrian and cycling opportunities.

The northern end of the trail at Gator Boardwalk in Daphne, Ala., allows visitors a close look at alligators and giant turtles swimming below in d'Olive Creek or sunning themselves on its banks.

Attractions

Many users choose to start their journey at Daphne's Village Point Park Preserve or at any number of locations in Fairhope where public parking options exist. Local residents who live near the trail, which connects neighborhoods, consider it an extension of their front porch and a convenient place to walk dogs or stroll or jog with friends. As the sun sets over the Bay, they gather along the trail in Fairhope to watch the beauty.

For visitors, Fairhope and Daphne downtowns have much to see and do, and farther south the renovated Grand Hotel Marriott Resort at Point Clear offers recreational options including two Robert Trent Jones golf courses. The grounds are a lovely oasis on a hot day and open to visitors.

The trail terminates near Weeks Bay, and efforts are underway to continue the trail east from that location.

Additional Details

Width: 96 inches.
Primary Surface: Concrete
Secondary Surface: Asphalt
Boardwalk

Average Grade: 4%
Maximum Grade: 29%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: 158
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
2010

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Map: Trail Map from Baldwin County Trailblazers
Website: Baldwin County Trailblazer
Website: American Trails Featured NRT
Website: Facebook - Baldwin County Trailblazers

Contact Information

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.

Trail Management:
The Baldwin County Trailblazers
P.O. Box 701
Daphne, AL 36526
(251) 865-7223
[email protected]
http://www.thetrailblazers.org

 

Photos

Dog walkers on Eastern Shore Trail. Photo by Sherry Sullivan.

Dog walkers on Eastern Shore Trail. Photo by Sherry Sullivan.

Trail walker and dog stopped at interpretive sign. Photo by Sherry Sullivan.

Trail walker and dog stopped at interpretive sign. Photo by Sherry Sullivan.

 

Runners on trail. Photo by Sherry Sullivan.

Runners on trail. Photo by Sherry Sullivan.

Listen and learn from the trailside sculptures. Photo by Sherry Sullivan.

Listen and learn from the trailside sculptures. Photo by Sherry Sullivan.

 

Marietta Johnson statue. Photo by Sherry Sullivan.

Marietta Johnson statue. Photo by Sherry Sullivan.

Seahorse metal sculpture. Photo by Sherry Sullivan.

Seahorse metal sculpture. Photo by Sherry Sullivan.

 

Tulips in bloom. Photo by Sherry Sullivan.

Tulips in bloom. Photo by Sherry Sullivan.

Orange Street pathway. Photo by Sherry Sullivan.

Orange Street pathway. Photo by Sherry Sullivan.

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