The Eastern Shore Trail runs along the east side of Mobile Bay from Spanish Fort to Weeks Bay, passing through the communities of Daphne, Montrose, Fairhope, Battles Wharf and Point Clear along the way. In 2010, the paved path, which still has a couple of gaps targeted for elimination in the near future, was designated a National Recreation Trail.
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. You can stop to swim, fish, picnic or enjoy nature trails at several points along the trail's route. At the Gator Alley boardwalk (an underpass for Interstate 10), keen observers might spot alligators, turtles and seabirds.
In the north, trail users can opt to continue west via an on-road route to the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile instead of continuing east to Spanish Fort. The route is not for the faint of heart: the only link is via highway shoulder on several bridges spanning Mobile Bay.
However, the trip is worth it, as the former World War II battleship for which the park is named is now open as a museum (admission fee required). Several aircraft and a submarine that saw significant action in World War II’s Pacific Theater are stationed here as well.
Parking is available at numerous places along the 36-mile route.
USS Alabama Battleship 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 Route 42/Old Spanish Trail/Battleship Parkway. You can also take I-10 through an underwater tunnel and exit onto Old Spanish Trail/US 98/SR 42/Battleship Parkway.
Mullet Point: From the city of Fairhope, head south on US 98 Alt. E/Mobile Ave. (Mobile Bay on your right) to Magnolia Ave./County Route 1 (where US 98 Alt. breaks away to the east) to Mullet Point Park (located at 13201 CR 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.