Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail is a breathtaking
alternative to the beach for both visitors and Alabama residents alike. Located
in Gulf State Park and offering seven trails in six ecosystems over more than
fifteen miles, it is a perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors all year
round. Amenities and activities include:
Guided EcoTours - Friendly and knowledgeable tour guides
help you explore the wildlife of our Pleasure Island with a 2 hour trip through
the pristine woodlands and natural habitats of the Backcountry Trail.
Reservations are only $15 per person.
The Kids Boulder Park - Bringing more fun and attractions to
the already adventurous trail, rock climbing at the new Boulder Park keeps kids
in shape and helps to develop both physical and mental skills.
Coordination, strengthening and flexibility are just a few benefits that result
from the sport while promoting focus and other positive attributes to maintain
a healthy lifestyle.
Butterfly Garden & Pavilion - A vivid array of colors
from blooming flowers and butterfly wings make the Butterfly Garden a perfect
place to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the trail. The nearby Pavilion,
offers a screened enclosed cabin style building is conveniently near the trails
restroom and water facilities.
Primitive Campsites - Nestled among tall pines, scrub oaks
and 15 miles of breathtaking Trails is the addition of the new
Primitive Outpost Campsite. Reminiscent of a Huck Finn adventure, this amenity
hosts three individual sites, constructed with canvas tents supported on rustic
hardwood floors and roped together with framed recycled downed trees.
Geocaching - All ages can enjoy and appreciate a good
treasure hunt; and that’s what you get when you go geocaching on the Backcountry
Trail! Home to many beautiful birds, animals, plants and flowers, but more
recently it has become home to hundreds of containers called geocaches. Details
The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail is open during
daylight hours only. No motorized vehicles. Bicycle speed limit is 10 miles per
hour. No fires or smoking. Pets must be leashed at all times. For more details,
including upcoming events go to backcountrytrail.com or call 251-381-1180. For
information on the Alabama State Parks, go to alapark.com/gulf-state-park.
In addition to the Trail’s many attributes, it is also
considered a bird watching paradise and listed on the Alabama Birding Trail