Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Gulf Shores

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Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is a 7,157-acre (29 km2) National Wildlife Refuge located in five separate units in Baldwin and Mobile Counties, United States, directly west of Gulf Shores, Alabama on the Fort Morgan Peninsula. The refuge serves as a resting and feeding area for migratory birds and as a sanctuary for native flora and fauna. The refuge is one of the largest undeveloped parcels of land on the Alabama coast.

Established in 1980, Bon Secour (the name, in French, means "safe harbor") is smaller than most other national wildlife refuges, and is divided into Sand Bayou, Perdue, Little Point Clear, Fort Morgan, and Little Dauphin Island.

The Perdue unit is the most developed. Most units are located on the Fort Morgan Peninsula in Baldwin County, except Little Dauphin Island, which is in Mobile County. More than 50,000 guests visit the refuge annually. The fiscal year 2005 budget was $404,000.

Protected habitats within the refuge include beaches and sand dunes, scrub forest, fresh and saltwater marshes, fresh water swamps, and uplands.

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  • The visitor center was closed with a sign saying workers were out working. But there was a nice selections of brochures so we took 2 different ones. We hiked the Pine Beach Trail. A very easy, but....  more
    The visitor center was closed with a sign saying workers were out working. But there was a nice selections of brochures so we took 2 different ones. We hiked the Pine Beach Trail. A very easy, but....  more »
  • Our family visits the area every year in early spring and the Pine Beach Trail is one of the trails we hike routinely. The entire trail is a 3 mile out-and-back so it is easy for the kids to... 
    Our family visits the area every year in early spring and the Pine Beach Trail is one of the trails we hike routinely. The entire trail is a 3 mile out-and-back so it is easy for the kids to...  more »
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  • They'll give out junior ranger kits for the kids if you ask at the ranger station. They come with animal and plant books, binoculars, tiny containers to catch things in, etc. It's a nice place to go for a hike if you're tired of the beach. Be careful. Some trails are mostly sand and not very comfortable to walk on.
  • It's trails that go through nature. There are signs describing plants you see along the way. We hiked through to the gulf, it took about 45 minutes of casual walking, but the views along the way are worth it. Nothing awesome or anything, but still good.

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