A Local View – The Pier

41963683712_dd2ad22d80_6kDid you know that the Alabama Gulf Coast is the proud home of the second-longest pier on the Gulf of Mexico? That’s right! It’s 1,540 feet long! The previous pier was destroyed in 2004 by Hurricane Ivan which devastated the entire area. The new pier offers conveniences like covered seating for the concession area, indoor tackle and souvenir retail, a fish cleaning station, comfort stations at the midpoint of the pier and wheelchair accessible rail fishing. The Gulf State Park Pier boasts features unavailable on the old pier!

New this year is the educational opportunity, Angler’s Academy. This is the Gulf State Park’s beginner’s guide to becoming a saltwater fisherman. This experience takes place at the pier and lead by local experts! You’ll learn essential skills, including the rules and regulations of saltwater fishing in the State of Alabama, as well as the tools and necessities every fisherman needs! By the end of this adventure, first-time anglers will have the knowledge necessary to fish on their own. Each angler will practice tying knots, learn about the most commonly used hooks, what type of bait to use, and how to attach the bait to the hooks.

No matter if this is your very first time or your thousandth time, you’ll learn basic concepts and techniques to increase your fishing fun. All equipment is provided! This program is available from May through August. Call 251.948.7275 ext. 92128 to learn more! It’ll be a fun 2 hours on the Gulf!

You can also take advantage of a guided pier walk. Embark on a journey of discovery from the sugar-white sand to the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico on Gulf State Park’s pier walk. Your expert guide from the Nature Center will familiarize you with the vast biodiversity of the Gulf. You will learn how the pier is used as both a recreational and educational platform and the conservation efforts that go into preserving and sustaining the natural environment. To enhance your discovery, binoculars will be provided. This is a free activity as well!

Locals and visitors alike love a day on this local landmark. You can fish, take a walk or just enjoy the view from sea to shore! Make sure to visit this beauty during your next visit.