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Biking Gulf State Park – Gulf Shores, Alabama

Gulf Oak Ridge Trailhead
Gulf Oak Ridge Trailhead

Gulf State Park has an excellent trail system for cyclists, walkers, and joggers. Recently, my wife and I loaded up our bikes and made the short journey from Pensacola to Gulf Shores to ride the trails. We discovered the trails on a camping trip with our kids at Gulf State Campgrounds. We went a short distance with the kids but went further and faster this time.

We arrived at the trailhead on State Park Road 2 around 9 a.m. The trail is a paved walking and cycling path that winds through hardwood forests and wetlands.

The trail’s first leg, known as Gulf Oak Ridge, is a testament to the park’s natural beauty. It’s not hard to see why it’s named after the majestic oak trees that grace the landscape, providing a picturesque backdrop. This section of the trail, with its scenic views and gentle inclines, is a personal favorite, offering a perfect blend of beauty and adventure.

The following section, which picks up at the Orange Beach Sports Complex, is called Twin Bridges. This section of trail takes you over two raised wooden boardwalks.

Gulf State Park Trails Pavilion
Gulf State Park Trails Pavilion

Adjoining Twin Bridge is Catman Road. This section of the trail has a very nice screened-in pavilion and restroom facilities. We stopped and spent a few minutes here refreshing and taking photos. We also observed some water bowls for walkers to refresh their pets.

Alligator Habitat Sign
Alligator Habitat Sign

Heading on Catman Road intersects a section of trail called Rosemary Dunes. We opted to take the Rosemary Dunes trail. The terrain changes from hills and oaks to marshy wetlands. One sign along the trail reads Alligator habitat, but we did not see one. This section of trail dead ends with a few sandy trails that connect you to East Beach Blvd (Perdido Beach Road). The sandy trails are a short distance from the road. We could ride a small section but had to push our bikes a bit.

We completed our loop by following East Beach Blvd. and then took State Park Road 2. The total distance for this ride was 8.86 miles.

These trails offer beautiful scenic views if you want to walk, jog, or ride. This is a great place to let your kids loose on a bike, as there is no worry about cars. Not up for an 8-mile ride? No worries. Take a map and go as long as you would like. Just have fun. Go Explore!

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  1. When I rode the trail last year, I saw a wild hog on the Rosemary Dunes part.

    • Hi Barbara, thanks for sharing. It’s certainly a nice trail for biking. Also a nice place to view wildlife.