The Gulf Coast is for more than suntans & beaches, the area also offers a special sanctuary for migratory birds, nesting sea turtles & even endangered Alabama beach mouse. The Bon Secour (meaning safe haven in French) National Wildlife Refuge may be small compared to other national wildlife refuges, but it attracts more than 100,000 visitors each year!
Whereabouts 7000 acres provides a variety of habitats where you can discover unique flora & fauna, including more than three hundred species of birds. The refuge offers free guided tours including a Bird Walk for both beginners & experienced bird watchers. On the Dynamic Dunes tour, discover more about the dunes & beach habitat. The Nature Walk tour includes general information about the plants, history & wildlife found in the reserve. These free tours require a reservation, so be sure to register.
Not interested in a tour? You can choose between several paths that extend from a mile more than 4 miles. These trails are open 7 days a week.
Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is truly a special place, & its just another reason why Gulf Shores is a cool place.
As a matter of fact, BudgetTravel.com recently named Gulf Shores 1 of their top fifteen finalists in the America's coolest small towns of 2013 contest. Obviously we think Gulf Shores is the coolest, & if you think so too then help us to bring home the title! All you've to do is vote. Voting closes on February 15, so you still have time to make your vote count. You can even vote once a day. Spread the word & tell your friends!