Exploring nature is one of the highlights of any trip to the Gulf Shores area, and adventurers have many spots to choose from when looking for the perfect place to see the wilderness. Whether you're eager to see the diverse landscapes that make up the environment along the Gulf Coast or want to catch a glimpse of everything from native birds to alligators, spaces like Gulf State Park and its network of trails are the ideal spot to take advantage of. 

Trekking down Coyote Crossing

Explore the paved pathway of Coyote Crossing in Gulf State Park.Coyote Crossing is the name for a 2-mile trail connecting Gulf State Park to much of the surrounding area. As the latest pathway to join the system, it provides a place for locals and visitors to explore. As the name implies, Coyote Crossing winds through regions inhabited by many animals and interesting flora. It bridges the gap between Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, giving guests access to stunning scenery, unique wildlife and plenty of opportunities for adventure. 

"This is a very important, critical link between two great trails, and it links two great communities and Gulf State Park," Phillip West, the coastal resources manager for the city of Orange Beach, told AL.com. "I'm greatly looking forward to what it can turn into in the future." 

The trail also meets up with a paved path that runs down Fort Morgan Road, allowing adventurers to trek even further into the stunning landscape. Those who are ready to embrace the workout can hike or bike any of the 40 miles round trip that are available to visitors, but even the tamest walk down the path can expose guests to some gorgeous natural beauty. 

About the Backcountry Trails

Coyote Crossing is an extension of the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. Composed of 13 miles of paved trails weaving throughout the Gulf Shores environment, this system is ideal for any visitor who wants to see the beauty of the area up close. 

"We have seen the Backcountry Trail become one of the area's most popular destinations for residents and visitors in a very short time, and for very good reasons," West said. "This exceptional trail system allows folks of all abilities to access some of Alabama's most unique and diverse environments, and enjoy the many wonders of Gulf State Park. The new Coyote Crossing trail now connects two great communities with Gulf State Park and the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. I hope everyone will take the opportunity to come out and experience the trail." 

Thanks to its paved surface and informational guides posted along the routes, these trails are great for park visitors of any age. You can even customize which pathways you explore to satisfy your family's needs. 

When you're planning your next visit to Gulf Shores beach houses or condos in Orange Beach, be sure to save time for a trip to this trail system. Even if you can't make it to Coyote Crossing, you are sure to enjoy your experience on one of the several paved routes within Gulf State Park.