Gulf State Park

Hiking and Biking Trails

A Serene Afternoon of Gulf Oak Ridge Trail
Middle Lake Overlook Boardwalk
A Bench Under a Live Oak Tree Offers the Best Place to Relax
Alligator Basking Near a Trail. Photo by Farren Dell
Hurricane Ridge Trail Leads into a Less Traveled Area of the Park. Photo by Farren Dell
Al's Parkour Park on Twin Bridges Trail
Shaded Bench Area on Beach Mouse Bypass Trail
Butterfly Resting on a Flower. Photo by Farren Dell

Explore the Beautiful and Diverse Gulf State Park Trails!


USA Today recently named the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail the best recreational trail in the country for 2023 and 2024. The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail is an award-winning 28+ mile paved trail system that takes visitors throughout the 6,150 acres of Gulf State Park. The trails are multi-use, meaning they are suitable for hikers and cyclists and are ADA-accessible. There are trailheads surrounding the perimeter of the park, making it easy to find and access while vacationing on our shores. This trail system is just one of the amenities that Gulf State Park provides on your list of things to do while visiting the park. 

The Park features 29 miles of paved trails or boardwalks that inspire visitors to explore the nine distinct ecosystems within park boundaries. These trails are also included as part of the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail system that connect Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama. Enjoy the serenity of Gulf Oak Ridge trail, as you stroll underneath Live Oak trees draped in Spanish Moss. Take a bike ride on Rosemary Dunes and be on the look out for the elusive Bobcat. If you're hoping to see an Alligator, explore Gopher Tortoise trail along the edge of Lake Shelby! The majority of our trails are suitable for walking, running, and biking. You are sure to enjoy the stunning natural scenery only found on the Alabama Gulf Coast!


Trail Hours
Dawn to dusk
7 days a week


No unauthorized motorized vehicles or golf carts allowed on the trails.

Check out the Park Map for all of the trail and feature locations. To view this map, click on the image below:


Trail Distances 


Alligator Marsh - 0.4 mi (Unpaved)

Armadillo Trail - 0.7 mi (Unpaved)

Beach Mouse Bypass - 1.1 mi (Boardwalk)

Bear Creek Trail - 0.4 mi (Paved)

Bobcat Branch - 0.7 mi (Unpaved)

Campground Connector - 0.1 mi (Unpaved)

Campground Trail - 2.2 mi (Paved/Boardwalk)

Canal Trail - 1.0 mi (Paved)

Catman Trail - 2.7 mi (Paved)

Cotton Bayou - 1.1 mi (Paved)

Coyote Crossing - 2.1 mi (Paved)

Cross Park Trail - 0.8 mi (Paved/Boardwalk)

Eagle Connector - 0.2 mi (Paved)

Eagle Loop - 0.3 mi (Unpaved)

East Cabin Connector - 0.2 mi (Paved)

Gopher Tortoise Trail - 1.5 mi (Paved)

Gulf Oak Ridge - 3.0 mi (Paved)

Lake Crossing - 0.6 mi (Boardwalk)

Lake Shelby Overlook - 0.3 mi (Boardwalk)

Lakeview Trail - 2.2 mi (Paved)

Middle Lake Overlook - 0.1 mi (Boardwalk)

Rattlesnake Ridge - 1.6 mi (Paved)

Rosemary Dunes - 2.1 mi (Paved)

Sawgrass Trail - 0.5 mi (Paved)

Twin Bridges - 0.8 mi (Paved)

West Cabin Connector - 0.2 mi (Paved)

Woodside Connector - 0.1 mi (Paved)


Bike Rentals are available at the Campstore and the Rosemary Dunes trailhead through Beach Bike Rentals.

Keep your distance from any wildlife you encounter, such as alligators and snakes, for both your safety and the safety of these animals. For detailed information, please see our Wildlife Safety Recommendations.





We are partnering with our local emergency responders, Baldwin County 9-1-1, to provide faster service to you while out on the trails during an emergency. To help the First Responders find your location during an emergency, download this app and relay the "what3words" location to dispatch during a 9-1-1 call and they will send help directly to you.


Download what3words app to help us find you faster!

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Alabama State Parks 2020 Travelers' Choice Award