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Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542 USA

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Opens Sun 8a
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  • Public
  • No Wifi
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“natural wonder of alabama”

The Bon Secour NWR contains 7,000 acres of wildlife habitat for migratory birds, nesting sea turtles and the endangered Alabama beach mouse. The refuge was established by Congress in 1980 to preserve the coastal dune ecosystem, to protect threatened and endangered species, to provide compatible recreational opportunities, and to serve as a living laboratory for students and scientists. The name Bon Secour comes from the French meaning "safe harbor," very appropriate considering the sanctuary for native flora and fauna that the refuge provides. The refuge serves the additional benefit of comprising one of the largest undeveloped parcels of land on the Alabama coast. Its dunes are a reminder of the Gulf Coast, as it once existed. As a consequence, the refuge has been named as one of the 10 natural wonders of Alabama.

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  • 4 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
August 06, 2017

I was disappointed that I did not get to see any birds, but the hike was wonderful. It was almost like you were in a different climate/landscape every 400 feet or so. Very unique to have such diversity all within a small area. The staff was very nice here. Remember to bring bug spray and water, the closest place to buy either is about 7 miles from the trails.

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  • 53 Reviews
  • 34 Helpful
May 27, 2014

If you love bird watching, this is a nice place to spend an afternoon

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Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

Gulf Shores, Alabama
36542 USA


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  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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