Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge


Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

12295 Alabama 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 || (251) 540-7720

Gulf Shores, Alabama is a lovely tropical city that is home to pristine white sand beaches, rare coastal dunes, rolling hills of pine-oak forests, and the animals that live there. Stretching across seven thousand acres of lands along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is a Gulf Shores attraction of vast proportions. This preserve separates the more secluded Fort Morgan area from the City of Gulf Shores. Both the public and the native Alabama wildlife benefit from Bon Secour, where visitors can explore the splendors of the Gulf Coast habitat and observe the Gulf Shores wildlife within without causing harm.

What Makes Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge a Must-See Place to Visit

Open all year long during daylight hours, Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is a breathtaking locale to visit and experience the magnificent creatures and scenic backdrops of the coast. Various types of Alabama wildlife can be seen at various points in the year on four different trails that span six miles total in length. Bobcats, red foxes, armadillos, alligators, and six-lined race runners make their appearances at Gator Lake and Little Lagoon. These watery regions can be best seen from the observation tower on Pine Beach Trail.

Bird watching, fishing, photography, and boating are popular activities in Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. Spring and fall are the best seasons for bird-watching, with over three hundred and seventy bird species having been documented in the Gulf Shores wildlife refuge. Wetlands and maritime forests paint the perfect backdrop for iconic shots of Gulf Shores. The previously mentioned Little Lagoon and Gator Lake are great fishing spots, populated primarily with saltwater species.

Visitors can also go on self-guided tours of the refuge’s flora and fauna from the Visitor Center on-site, as well as seasonal ranger-led programs. You can hike through trails like the Jeff Friend Trail, a loop of one mile in length with splendid views of Little Lagoon. There is also a canoe/kayak launch at this trail to explore the Little Lagoon Waters.

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Gulf Shores is the ideal vacation destination for people looking to have a great time exploring and enjoying the outdoors in a unique tropical environment. Our team of dedicated reservation specialists is more than happy to lend you their insider’s knowledge of the area and tell you more about what you can expect during your time in Gulf Shores and the surrounding area when you contact us to book your stay in one of the elite vacation rental properties offered through Harris Properties today!