Take the road less traveled at the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail
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Take the road less traveled at the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail

From the butterfly gardens to the coastal hardwood swamps, the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail is just waiting to be explored by families staying at Orange Beach area vacation rentals. With more than 10 miles of trails to choose from, you can easily spend a few hours discovering nature.

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Coastal Nature & Trails

Alabama and Florida's Gulf Coast isn't just famous for its Southern hospitality. Home to a stunning variety of animals and some of the most breathtaking scenery anywhere in the U.S., this region is a nature lover's paradise. If you want to see the coast’s colorful critters and some of the most diverse landscapes in the U.S., why not book a Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Fort Morgan or Perdido Key rental on the beach and experience everything your favorite coast has to offer?

All creatures great and small

During the spring and fall, the trees come alive with dozens of species of birds, from swallows to wrens and warblers to hummingbirds. Some of these winged beauties make their home here year-round, while others pass through Gulf Shores as they migrate south and again when they return to their northern homes.

One of the best places to see Alabama's incredible wildlife in the Gulf Shores and Fort Morgan area is Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. Meaning "safe harbor" in French, the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is located on the Fort Morgan Peninsula and occupies more than 7,000 acres of protected land.

While you are here enjoying your coastal vacation package, you can expect to see all manner of marine life including dolphins, crabs, loggerhead and leatherback sea turtles and more.

Picture-perfect landscapes

If you've spent time on Alabama's Gulf Coast, you already know how truly spectacular the scenery is here. If not, you're in for a treat.

Gulf Shores has some of the most pristine beaches found anywhere in the U.S. From unspoiled sandy coastlines to rocky coves, there's something for everyone. Gulf Shores beach vacation rentals are an ideal way for you and your family to get away from it all and experience the picturesque beauty of the Gulf Coast.

In addition to the miles of beautiful shoreline, this region is known for its extensive wetlands. The Tupelo Swamp on Dauphin Island is one of the most popular wetland areas on the Gulf Coast, and home to several bird sanctuaries. Dauphin Island sits just across Mobile Bay from historic Fort Morgan and can be accessed by ferry.

With a whole world of nature for you to discover, Gulf Shores is the ideal destination for people who want to get away from it all and see another side of the South.

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