Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

12295 Alabama 180
Gulf Shores, AL - 36542

Type: Parks
(251) 540-7720

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The Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, located along the Alabama Gulf Coast near Gulf Shores, offers visitors a pristine and protected habitat for a wide variety of plant and animal species. Spanning over 7,000 acres, this refuge encompasses diverse ecosystems, including dunes, marshes, scrub forests, and coastal habitats, making it a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, birdwatchers, and nature lovers.

One of the main draws of the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is its role in conserving critical habitat for endangered and threatened species, including sea turtles, migratory birds, and the Alabama beach mouse. Visitors can explore the refuge's network of hiking trails and boardwalks, which wind through these unique habitats and offer opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography. Binoculars and cameras are recommended to observe the diverse bird species that call the refuge home, including herons, egrets, ospreys, and pelicans.

In addition to its natural beauty and wildlife, the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge also provides opportunities for outdoor recreation and education. Visitors can enjoy activities such as hiking, wildlife photography, and interpretive programs led by refuge staff and volunteers. Educational exhibits and visitor centers offer insights into the refuge's conservation efforts and the importance of protecting coastal ecosystems.

As a protected area, the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge serves as a peaceful and serene sanctuary where visitors can connect with nature and experience the beauty of Alabama's Gulf Coast. Whether you're seeking adventure, relaxation, or a deeper understanding of coastal ecology, this refuge offers a memorable and enriching experience for visitors of all ages.

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