Gulf Oak Ridge Trail


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Gulf Oak Ridge Trail Facts

States: Alabama
Counties: Baldwin
Length: 3.19 miles
Trail end points: State Park Road 2 Trailhead and Orange Beach Sportsplex
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 7215164
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Walking

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Gulf Oak Ridge Trail Description

The Gulf Oak Ridge Trail is part of a network called the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trails, located off the Gulf of Mexico coastline near the Alabama/Florida border. The trail starts at a paved trailhead parking area off State Park Road 2, north of Shelby Lake, and runs about 3 miles to the Orange Beach Sportsplex. You can connect to the other trails at its eastern end, just below the Sportsplex, where it meets the Twin Bridges Trail.

The pathway offers a charming, easy ride under the canopy of mossy old-growth trees within Gulf State Park. Along the way, keep your eyes open for birds as the area is known as an excellent birding site, as well as armadillos, coyotes, foxes, wild boar, alligators and other animals that call the maritime forest and wetlands home.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking can be found at the State Park Road 2 Trailhead on the trail's western end, or at the Orange Beach Sportsplex (4385 William Silvers Parkway) at the trail's eastern end.

Gulf Oak Ridge Trail Reviews

This is one of many trails in the park. All trails are well maintained and take you to different areas of the park. Download trail mail before you set off so you can follow your route. Highly recommend!

This trail is part of a great trail system in Gulf State park. I suggest that you stop at the visitors center for a map of the entire network as it's easy to get lost

This series of trails takes you through different terrain, open semi marsh, shaded oaks and wooded areas. Not sure how many miles all total but I would say around 10-12 miles. Great black top surface! Restrooms, benches to rest and a shelter if needed. We have done it 3 different times of year, fall is our favorite. Watch for snakes crossing the road in the hot time of year. Falling leaves in fall is cool. My favorite part of the trail is through the oaks and the trail gets hilly and twisting. I assure you, you will enjoy this ride!!!!!!!


This connects with a series of trails of equal quality. Don't let the short distance fool you. I easily out in. 15mile workout. Pavement was incredible. Loved the hills and minimal interruptions. FAIR WARNING--when the sun is setting don't look up or too much to your sides of you have a morbid fear of spiders! The trail was well maintained but I guess there is little that can be done at the treetops

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