Cypress swamps, freshwater lakes, and more await you when you venture out onto Coastal Alabama’s waters. Whether by kayak, canoe, or even stand-up paddleboard, seeing the water from a new perspective can be quite the adventure. You’ll definitely want to explore the Back Bay Blueway, with four trails – Fort Morgan Trail, Little Lagoon Trail, Gulf State Park Trail, and Orange Beach Trail – and 21 launch sites. These trails will take you through the waterways surrounding Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and Fort Morgan. Little Lagoon Trail has three kayak launches conveniently located near some of our Gulf Shores vacation rentals. Stay at Gone Coastal or Island Time Cottage, both at Cottages at Lagoon Pass.
If you’re looking to simply reconnect with nature, Gulf Shores is teeming with nature parks for you to simply stroll and take in the tranquil area. Check out the Gulf State Park Fishing and Education Pier in Gulf Shores, the largest pier on the Gulf of Mexico and Alabama’s only public pier. It’s 1,540 feet long, 20 feet wide, and offers 2,448 feet of fishing space. Be sure to take advantage of the covered seating, concessions, and indoor retail shop. It’s also an education pier, with signs along the pier that share information on native fish, birds, and other area wildlife.