Gulf Shores Bike Trail
In 2012, the City of Gulf Shores announced plans to partner with the Alabama Department of Transportation to extend the Gulf Shores bike trail to connect with over 11 miles of the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. The bike trail currently stretches from Highway 59 along the north side of Fort Morgan Road, to the Peninsula residential and golf community. This expansion will take the trail from its current location and extend it across Highway 59 into the Gulf State Park where it will connect with the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail at the Gulf State Park Golf Course.
Fort Morgan Trail
The beginning of the Fort Morgan Trail is only 2 blocks from TIKI'S BIKE SHACK
. Head north two blocks at the red light hang a left and you're on your way. The trail begins just south of the Rouses Supermarket with ample parking & approximately 1.8 miles west of Gulf Shores Parkway (Hwy. 59) lies Lagoon Park (18068 Fort Morgan Road) which offers parking, restrooms, and drinking water. The park is located on the south side of Fort Morgan Road (Highway 180). Located on Little Lagoon it's the perfect place to stop for a picnic, a dip in the protected waters or just to wet a hook.
Not far from the trail's eastern end and only another 2 blocks from the Tiki Shack, you can extend your adventure on one of several Hugh Branyon Backcountry Trails through Gulf State Park.
*** The Following Information is provided by the State of Alabama from the Backcountry Trail Brochure***
Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail
Beauty & Diversity of The Backcountry Trail!
Seven trails among six distinct ecosystems make up more than 15 miles of the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail complex through Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Alabama and the Gulf State Park.
Explore the timeless beauty of the Butterfly Garden, the mystical Freshwater Marshes and the Coastal Hardwood Swamps. Catch a glimpse of a Bobcat on the Twin Bridges or a White-Tailed Deer on Gulf Oak Ridge. View an Alligator basking in the sun and be sure to bring your camera to capture the
The Catman Road Trail
is one of several in the Hugh Branyon Backcountry Trails network in Alabama's Gulf State Park. It directly connects to several others:
, Rattlesnake Ridge
, Cotton Bayou
and Rosemary Dunes
for a seamless ride through the park. The flat, easy route follows a former roadway through coastal scrubland and pine trees.
On the eve of the Great Cat Hunt, the medicine man gave his warriors a sip of serum, instilling tremendous strength and stamina. Legend recounts a story of an overzealous, young warrior that crept into the medicine man's hut and drank a bottle of the potent concoction. It was said that he was last seen on the morning of the hunt running away from the village with a pack of wildcats. The natives mourned his disappearance but soon after stories emerged of a Cat-Like-Man.
Decade's later local fisherman tell the tale of the Catman stealing their bait and fleeing into the Backcountry Trails. Others claimed the Catman was watching them through the woods when gathering berries or chopping wood. One local alleged to see the Catman drown an alligator to prevent it from attacking a wildcat.
Legend has it that when exploring the Backcountry Trail, if you listen for the whispers, a rustling in the leaves and keep a sharp eye out you might catch a glimpse of the legendary Catman.
Several sites in the park used by Native Americans, possibly thousands of years ago, and early American settlers from the 1700's, developed into hunting trails, paths and logging roads. The Backcountry Trail rediscovered these paths, to include the Original Catman Road, and speckled them with amenities. The screened
is a perfect site for a picnic before wandering through the nearby Butterfly Garden
or a peaceful place to gather for a group meeting.