Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Trail Information

For questions concerning the Backcountry Trail call Gulf State Park at 251-948-7275.

For questions about the Backcountry Trail campsites/reservations: 251-948-7275.

For Segway tour information: 251-509-8687.

For bike rental information: Beach Bike Rental 251-968-1770 or Infinity Bikes 251-974-1727.

For bench questions, send all inquiries to trail@cityoforangebeach.com.

For all other trail questions, please call 251-981-1180 or 251-981-1063.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

April 29-30 2014 Flood Photos

Boulder Park
Rattlesnake Ridge
Catman Road at Butterfly Garden
Catman Road Parking Lot
Power Line Road
Rosemary Dunes
Power Line Road
Cotton Bayou Trail
Rattlesnake Ridge
Cotton Bayou Trail

Monday, April 7, 2014

Watch That Speed

This is the speed limit for all of the trails.

Please observe the speed limit as a courtesy for all trail users.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Trail Is Open

The Hugh Branyon Backcountry Trail is open for walking and biking in spite of the cold temperatures. Spotty ice can be found on the trail surface in some areas so be very careful. Be advised that the bathrooms will not be re-opened until the temperatures warm up above freezing and the maintenance guys can check the pipes for any possible damage.

Here are a few pictures from the trail yesterday...


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Deer in Gulf State Park

Deer were rare in Alabama until recent years. In the early 1900's, it was estimated that there were only about 2,000 deer in the entire state. Thanks to decades of restocking and management, Alabama's deer population is estimated to be over 1.75 million animals and quite a few live on Pleasure Island and in Gulf State Park. Since hunting is prohibited in the park, the resident deer are not as frightened of humans as they are in other parts of the state and because of this, you might just see deer anywhere along the trail. The best trails to see deer are Rattlesnake Ridge, Twin Bridges, Catman Road or Gulf Oak Ridge.

Deer thrive best in areas with a diversity of habitat types. Gulf State Park might only be 6,600 acres in size, with some of this beach front, but it is quite diverse in habitat. Piney wood flats, bogs, upland maritime forest, old growth pine stands and swamps can all be found in the park and these all can be accessed by the Backcountry Trail. Since all a deer really needs is food, water and cover to survive, Gulf State Park is perfect for whitetail deer.

The best time of year to see deer is late in the Fall or anytime in the Winter. The deer are here year-round but the thick summertime vegetation makes it difficult to spot them except for the moment one runs across the trail.

Monday, December 2, 2013

A Few Nature Quotes

"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves
of strength that will endure as long as life lasts."
Rachel Carson
"There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the
wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy
and its charm."
Theodore Roosevelt
"It seems to me that all look at nature too much
and live with her too little."
Oscar Wilde
"Good timber does not grow with ease; the stronger the wind,
the stronger the trees."
J. Willard Marriott
"The city has a face, the country a soul."
Jacques de Lacretelle
"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best
time is now."
Chinese Proverb
"Rivers and rocks and trees have always been talking to us,
but we've forgotten how to listen."
Michael Roads

"In God's wildness lies the hope of the world - the great fresh unblighted, unredeemed wilderness."
John Muir

"The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"In the Spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt."
Margaret Atwood