Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail

The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail is a multi-use, handicapped accessible asphalt and boardwalk trail that winds through the pristine coastal forests within the City of Orange Beach and Alabama's Gulf State Park.

photo:  Photo by Rob Grant.

Type: Backcountry
Length: 9.00 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Allowed Uses: Dogs - On leash
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Orange Beach, AL and Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores, AL, Trail system joins Gulf State Park to coastal forests from State Route 116 west to State Route 2.

State(s): Alabama
Counties: Baldwin
Latitude: 30.280290
Longitude
: -87.581968

The street address for the main trailhead is 3801 Orange Beach Blvd. Orange Beach, AL 36561

Description

The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail is a multi-use, handicapped accessible asphalt and boardwalk trail that winds through the pristine coastal forests within the City of Orange Beach and Alabama's Gulf State Park.

Nestled along freshwater lakes and streams less than a mile north of the Gulf of Mexico, the trail supports numerous uses, including walking, running, biking, roller blading, nature walks and bird watching.

The trail is named after the director of Gulf State Park Hugh S. Branyon in honor of his vision to improve public access to the diverse spectrum of nature in the unspoiled coastal lowland area of Alabama's Gulf Coast.

The City of Orange Beach and Alabama State Parks forged a partnership in 2003 to open the first 1.75-mile leg along the historic Catman Road. The trail has expanded to 7.5 miles of paved walkways with three trailheads, full-service restrooms, a screened, covered picnic pavilion and a butterfly garden. A volunteer citizens advisory committee provides input and resources for development and preservation of the trail.

Additional Details

Width: 120 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: Asphalt

Average Grade: 2%
Elevation Low Point: 5
Elevation High Point: 34
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
2009

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Featured NRT from American Trails

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Phillip West
City of Orange Beach
4101 Orange Beach Blvd.
P.O. Box 2432
Orange Beach , AL 36561 pwest@cityoforangebeach.com
http://www.obparksandrec.com/parkstrails/backcountrytrail.html

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Photos

A rare site showing a Dragonfly chowing down on a Monarch Butterfly! Photo by Sean Thomas Brumley.

A rare site showing a Dragonfly chowing down on a Monarch Butterfly! Photo by Sean Thomas Brumley.

A Cotton Mouth showing you why we call them

A Cotton Mouth showing you why we call them "Cotton Mouth"! Photo by Sean Thomas Brumley.

 

An Armadillo's mid-stride reflection on the rain soaked pavement. Photo by Sean Thomas Brumley.

An Armadillo's mid-stride reflection on the rain soaked pavement. Photo by Sean Thomas Brumley.

The local celebrity gator

The local celebrity gator "Lefty" watching over one of her young. Photo by Sean Thomas Brumley.

 

One of many alligators that can frequently be observed along the swamps and lakes of the NRT. Photo by Rick Sherman.

One of many alligators that can frequently be observed along the swamps and lakes of the NRT. Photo by Rick Sherman.

One of the many species of butterflies that inhabit the Backcountry Trail. Photo by Rick Sherman.

One of the many species of butterflies that inhabit the Backcountry Trail. Photo by Rick Sherman.

 

A wild Scarlet Hibiscus - extremely rare species, growing in the Backcountry Trail. Photo by Rick Sherman.

A wild Scarlet Hibiscus - extremely rare species, growing in the Backcountry Trail. Photo by Rick Sherman.

A male Snowy Egret trying to attract a mate in the Backcountry Trail. Photo by Rick Sherman.

A male Snowy Egret trying to attract a mate in the Backcountry Trail. Photo by Rick Sherman.

 

One of numerous canals that empty into the Trails' three lakes. Photo by Rick Sherman.

One of numerous canals that empty into the Trails' three lakes. Photo by Rick Sherman.

Trail maps throughout trails. Photo by Rick Sherman.

Trail maps throughout trails. Photo by Rick Sherman.

 

Raised bridges across streams and wetlands. Photo by Rick Sherman.

Raised bridges across streams and wetlands. Photo by Rick Sherman.

Shaded porch swings throughout trails. Photo by Rick Sherman.

Shaded porch swings throughout trails. Photo by Rick Sherman.

 

Gopher Tortoise. Photo by Rick Sherman.

Gopher Tortoise. Photo by Rick Sherman.

A Banana Spider awaits a meal. Photo by Rick Sherman.

A Banana Spider awaits a meal. Photo by Rick Sherman.

 

Alligator named

Alligator named "Lefty" balks at having her picture taken. Photo by Rick Sherman.

 Photo by Rob Grant.

Photo by Rob Grant.

 

 Photo by Nicole Woerner.

Photo by Nicole Woerner.

 

Bridge on Trail. Photo by Rhonda Taulbee.

Bridge on Trail. Photo by Rhonda Taulbee.

 Photo by Rhonda Taulbee.

Photo by Rhonda Taulbee.

 

Campground trail. Photo by Rhonda Taulbee.

Campground trail. Photo by Rhonda Taulbee.

Campground trail. Photo by Rhonda Taulbee.

Campground trail. Photo by Rhonda Taulbee.

 

Overlook at campground. Photo by Rhonda Taulbee.

Overlook at campground. Photo by Rhonda Taulbee.

Gopher Tortoise Trail. Photo by Rhonda Taulbee.

Gopher Tortoise Trail. Photo by Rhonda Taulbee.

 

 Photo by Rhonda Taulbee.

Photo by Rhonda Taulbee.

Twin bridges. Photo by Rhonda Taulbee.

Twin bridges. Photo by Rhonda Taulbee.

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