Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Gulf Shores

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Hiking Trail · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
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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  • Such a beautiful trail system - always things to see - from flora and fauna - lots of places to rest and relax.  more »
  • Quiet refuge for humans too. Loved the secluded feel of the beach, yet just miles away from the hustle and bustle of the main drag. We visited this area multiple times, a must do on our Gulf Shores....  more »
  • 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, Tony hard 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.
  • Great place to go and get away from the city. Amazing sites, long walk although and kids will probably complain. Bring lots of water.

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