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Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Gulf Shores, AL

12295 State Highway 180 Gulf Shores, AL 36542
The following tours go by Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Gulf Shores, AL:
Dolphins and Wildlife Kayak Experience from Gulf Shores Photo
6/20/2024 - 10/31/2024
Get out and experience the beauty and wonder of the Gulf Coast on this Dolphins and Wildlife Kayak Experience dolphin tour from Gulf Shores.
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In the heart of Gulf Shores, Alabama, nature beckons you to venture into an untouched wilderness at the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. Known for its matchless diversity of flora and fauna, coupled with mesmerizing coastal views, this refuge is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts and a must-visit for those embarking on an Alabama vacation. Sprawling across more than 7,000 acres, Bon Secour offers visitors a refuge not just from urban life but also a haven in which they may bask in the heart of nature's true beauty.

Established in 1980, Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge — "Bon Secour" translating to "Safe Harbor" in French — has been devoted to protecting endangered species and migrating songbirds that call this lost piece of paradise their home. The refuge spans a sprawling 7,157 acres, encompassing a broad range of ecosystems, from dunes and wetlands to maritime forests and scrub habitats, loaded with rich biodiversity. Over the decades, Bon Secour has morphed into a significant stopover for migratory birds, it now plays host to over 370 documented bird species.

One of Bon Secour's most famous attractions is the picturesque Pine Beach Trail, offering birdwatchers priceless opportunities to spot a variety of bird species. Stunning natural wonders in the form of freshwater marshes, quiet bays, coastal dunes, and thick forests are guaranteed to capture any heart. Historic elements aren't neglected either, with the Little Lagoon and Gator Lake connecting to prehistoric times, along with having a treasure trove of Native American artifacts. For beach enthusiasts, the refuge's coastline is a must, offering a chance to see Alabama's threatened Loggerhead and Kemp's Ridley turtles in their natural nesting habitat.

Physically active visitors can indulge in hiking, fishing, and paddling while those keen on photography will find ceaseless opportunities for capturing the refuge's astonishing wildlife. The Jeff Friend Trail, a one-mile loop, is wheelchair-accessible and treats you to stunning views of Little Lagoon. This accessible route ensures everyone gets to enjoy the beauty of the refuge.

In conclusion, Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge envelopes you into a serene world where nature reigns supreme. Its distinct habitats offer an idyllic getaway for wildlife devotees, nature lovers, and peace seekers alike. Bon Secour is more than just a place; it's an invitation to immerse oneself in the gentle pace of nature and experience the wild's symphony, making it a worthwhile visit during your trip to Gulf Shores, Alabama.

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