You Can’t Beat Gulf Coast Nature in the Fall

I spent a good part of the summer hiding out from the great outdoors—it was just too hot to enjoy anything outside of air conditioning. I managed to sneak in a few early morning rounds of golf on weekends, but in general, I remained house- and office-bound.

Now the weather is finally cooling off, and all I want to do is outdoor stuff. I’ve been going for walks and bike rides and enjoying weekend golf at any time of the day. Best of all, my fall getaway in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach is coming up, and I plan to immerse myself in some Gulf Coast nature.

I really can’t think of a better place than Gulf Shores & Orange Beach for getting back in touch with nature, considering the abundance of nature attractions in the area. Places like the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Historic Blakeley State Park, and the Hugh S. Branyon Back Country Trail offer miles of scenic nature trails that are ideal for biking and hiking, plus beaches, marshes, and other Gulf Coast habitats.

Kayaking is another option—Five Rivers in Spanish Fort is an excellent kayaking location (over 250,000 acres of scenic waterways), plus there are plenty of kayak rental companies in the area.

I may just have to go by the Brett/Robinson Naturally Fun itinerary, which lays out a nice plan of nature trails, parks, the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, and other attractions—all perfect places to visit in the fall.