Eastern Shore National Recreation Trail

Trail Map

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In 2010 this trail was designated as a National Recreation Trail and extends from the Battleship Causeway, across Mobile Bay and along the course of US 98 to Mullet Point south to the city of Fairhope, AL.

Before setting out from USS Alabama Memorial Park on the Battleship Parkway/US 90/98, you can tour the WWII battleship (fee), for which the park is named, as well as several aircraft. You can also stop to swim, fish, picnic or enjoy nature trails along the way. At the Gator Alley boardwalk, an underpass for I10, observe alligators, turtles and seabirds.

The trail passes through the towns of Daphne, Montrose and Fairhope and links with the Fairhope South Beach Trail. The Marriott Grand Hotel south of Fairhope offers an elegant respite 6 miles before trail's end.

The trail is mostly concrete or asphalt, but because of the wide variation in grade, you will encounter elevated boardwalks and high-rise bridges, both wood and metal.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at numerous places along the 36-mile route.

USS Alabama Memorial Park: Located at 2703 Battleship Parkway in Mobile. From Mobile, take US 90/98 east (tunnel under the water) toward Mobile Bay and look for signs to the park. The road is also known as State 42/Old Spanish Trail/Battleship Parkway. You can also take I10 through an underwater tunnel and exit onto Old Spanish Trail/US98/Rt. 42/Battleship Parkway.

Mullet Point: From the city of Fairhope, head south on US98 Alt E/Mobile Ave (Mobile Bay on your right) to Magnolia Ave/Co. 1 (where US98 Alt breaks away to the east) to Mullet Point Park (located at 13201 County Road 1 in Barnwell).

Probably one of the best locations to start is in Fairhope where you can go both north and south about the same distance.

Reviews

Option For Bridge Crossing Over Tenesaw River

   December, 2014 by bqwesl

This is the experience that I have with the Eastern shore Trail. I park at either Battleship Park, across the street at the free boat launch parking, or further up the road at the Three Rivers Delta Center which is free also. From all of these locations, ...read more

Not a "trail", merely city sidewalks.

   September, 2014 by ryanasickles

If you are planning on biking this "trail", just stick to riding in the road way. The "trail" is just the adjacent sidewalk along US Scenic 98 the entire way (except it stops at US 90), and is comprised of nothing more than narrow, poorly maintained city ...read more

Not a bike trail

   July, 2014 by janbell12

I started my ride at Battleship Highway. This "trail" is a bike route right on Route 90/98. Traffic is going 60 mph. Got to d'olive creek and the bridge is closed AFTER you ride a mile straight down to get to it. Most of the trail is a sidewalk. It was ...read more