Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail - Rosemary Dunes Trailhead, Orange Beach

4.8
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Explore the timeless beauty of the Butterfly Garden, the mystical Freshwater Marshes and the Coastal Hardwood Swamps. Catch a glimpse of a Bobcat on the Twin Bridges or a White Tailed Deer on Gulf Oak Ridge. View an Alligator basking in the sun and be sure to bring your camera to capture the adventure.

The Trail was named after Mr. Hugh S. Branyon who put in 33 years as director of the Alabama Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Alabama. He started working at the park as a teenager and fell in love with the Gulf State Park. He met with Orange Beach City officials and had the vision to allow the City to go after grants to turn old service roads into a trail system. He is greatly missed.
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Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail - Rosemary Dunes Trailhead Reviews
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  • Plenty of entrance and exit points. Even though there are a fair number of people using the trails it feels like you have it to yourself. Great place to exercise and get away from the traffic.  more »
  • We rented bikes and enjoyed the trail. We saw armadillos and an otter. I would like to have gone back.  more »
  • Liked walking the boardwalk that is built over the marshes. Saw the back side of a black snake quickly slither away from me and saw a couple of tiny skittish reptiles but did not see any alligators .....  more »
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  • Nice trail very beautiful just wish the bridge was smoother it's a ruff ride for the kids in the stroller.
  • All bike and handicap accessible. Explore 6 distinct ecosystems. Wildlife Wednesdays at the sportplex stage, butterfly pavilion and more!
  • Nice network of paved trails and boardwalks for biking. Most intersections had hand written temporary directional signs. You will need a map to navigate all the trails. Not sure where to find the maps, since they are not at the trailhead. We just happened to find one someone left at one of the rest stops. A map kiosk at each trailhead and permanent signage would be the only improvements needed.
  • Love the boardwalk! Pretty. Could use a trash can or a restroom for those with young kids taking the longer paths. We managed, but see a potential problem for those who don't understand "pack out what you brought in." Beautiful scenery, excellent nature even on a winter day.
  • Nice trails for running, biking, or walking. It is a nicely landscaped area and well maintained. The new boardwalk is a great addition that gives access to the Gulf. There are plenty of birds around and you might even see an alligator.
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