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Back Country Trail




Explore the beauty and diversity of the Back Country Trail! Seven trails among six distinct ecosystems make up more than 15 miles of the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail complex through Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and the Gulf State Park. Explore the timeless beauty of the Butterfly Garden, rock climb in the Boulder Park; enjoy the mystical Freshwater Marshes and the Coastal Hardwood Swamps. Catch a glimpse of a Bobcat on the Twin Bridges, a White Tailed Deer on Gulf Oak Ridge or explore the newest addition, Coyote Crossing. Capture adventure while enjoying biking, jogging, walking, plant and tree identification, wildlife, photography and simply connecting to nature. For trail maps, pictures, locations and other information please visit the website.

Contact & Learn More:

Phone: (251) 981-1180

Web: www.backcountrytrail.com

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Dauphin Island Sea Lab

101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, AL, 36528  map




The Estuarium is an exciting educational public aquarium highlighting the four key habitats of coastal Alabama: the Mobile Tensaw River Delta, Mobile Bay, the Barrier Islands and the Northern Gulf of Mexico. It includes the 10,000 square foot Exhibit Hall, a 7,000 gallon sting ray touch pool, and the Living Marsh Boardwalk. This facility has 31 aquariums totaling over 30,000 gallons with more than 100 species on display. The Estuarium showcases the plants, animals, and other natural resources found in the Estuary and its surrounding marine habitats. Through beautiful visual exhibits and engaging interactive exhibits, the Estuarium will leave you with a broader understanding of the interactions that take place in Mobile Bay, the fourth largest estuary system in the United States. Our summer excursions and camps take you into the salt marsh, across the beach and into the maritime forest for a hands-on learning experience. Bring your friends and family. Summer hours: Monday-Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm and Sundays from 12:00pm-6:00pm. Estuarium Admission: Adults $11, Children 5 years - 18 years (with a Student ID) $6, seniors $9. Group rates available. Summer camp information and registration online at www.disl.org.

Contact & Learn More:

Phone: (251) 861-2141

Web: www.disl.org?

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Five Rivers Delta Resource Center

30945 Five Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort, Al, 36527  map




Contact & Learn More:

Phone: (251) 625-0814

Email: Shonda.Borden@dcnr.alabama.govor info@5rds.com

Web: www.Alabama5Rivers.com


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(251) 432-1638, www.mobileunited.org/trails

Alligator Alley

19950 Highway 71, Summerdale, AL, 36580
(251) 946-BITE, www.gatoralleyfarm.com

Bellingrath Gardens and Home

12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore, AL, 36582
(251) 973-2217, www.bellingrath.org?

Birding Trails

, www.alabamacoastalbirdingtrail.com

Bon Secour National Wildlife Reserve?

12295 State Highway 180, Gulf Shores, AL, 36542
(251) 540-7720, www.fws.gov/bonsecour?

Dauphin Island Park & Beach

Dauphin Island, 109 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, Al, 36528
(251) 861-3607, www.dauphinisland.org

Environmental Studies Center

6101 Girby Road, Mobile, AL, 36693
(251) 221-5000, www.mcpsesc.com

Gulf Quest

155 South Water Street, Mobile, AL, 36602
(251) 436-8901, www.gulfquest.org

Mobile Botanical Gardens

5151 Museum Drive, Mobile, AL, 36608
(251) 342-0555, www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org

Oyster Trail


(251) 438-5690, www.theoystertrail.com

Weeks Bay Reserve

11300 U.S. Highway 98, Fairhope, AL, 36532
(251) 928-9792, www.weeksbayreserve.com