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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 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.
Please note that large sections of this route utilize either sidewalks that cross driveways and intersections or off-road pathways running alongside potentially busy roads—both of which vary in width and condition.
The most secluded off-road portion of the trail begins at the N Main St bridge crossing D'Olive Creek. Here a completely separate pedestrian bridge spans the creek and on the northern bank, a paved concrete path curves away from the road to meander through grassy fields and along the edge of the woods.
Parking is available at numerous places along the route.
Daphne: Park at the northern trailhead (29750 Larry Dee Cawyer Dr, Daphne, AL) or at the Village Point Park Preserve (27710 Main St, Daphne, AL) and continue south on the trail.
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.
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