A long walk on the beach in the early morning or at sunset is a beach tradition that most won't miss out on. It's a mandatory activity for each trip to the coast. The Alabama Gulf Coast stretches for 32 miles, leaving a lot of options for a refreshing walk on the beach through Alabama's powdery white sand. So, next time you head out for that walk on the beach, think about going somewhere that's not just right outside your condo and explore the area's beautiful beaches and abundant wildlife. Read our guide to the best beach walks in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
Gulf State Park
Check out Alabama's Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores for an enjoyable walk on the beach. The park's coastline is 2.5 miles long and makes for a peaceful walk that is also good exercise. Here you have the option to stroll down the only public pier on the Gulf in Alabama and enjoy the view of the water. The Gulf State Park pier extends over a quarter mile into the Gulf.
Fort Morgan Peninsula
Drive down Fort Morgan Road, also known as Highway 180, and find a beach access road to park and enjoy a more secluded, peaceful walk. Head all the way down to the tip of peninsula to see Fort Morgan and walk the surrounding beaches. Experience history and go back in time as you take in the balmy Gulf Coast air.
If you're feeling adventurous, take the ferry from Fort Morgan to Dauphin Island. Here you'll find the area's most beautiful beaches. Dauphin Island is a long, narrow stretch of white sand with beautiful shorelines that slowly drop off. The water is so shallow and clear in some places that you can see the bottom and spot wildlife. You may even catch a glimpse of a stingray swimming in the shallow waters. Dauphin Island is home to the Audubon Bird Sanctuary, and you're bound to experience unique bird sightings on your walk.
The Bon Secour Wildife Refuge is located on the west end of Little Lagoon in Gulf Shores. Take Fort Morgan Road west for 11 miles until you get to Mobile Street and then take a left. Here you'll find several wildlife trails where you can hike and experience lagoon views while getting a glimpse of Alabama's wildlife in a dune ecosystem. You'll spot several species of birds and waterfowl around the lagoon. You might get to see a bobcat, the Alabama beach mouse, or even the great American alligator!