Overview. With a section of the Centennial Trail closed, the east-west connection is severed in the refuge's trail network. The result is a quiet, peaceful out-and-back with few trail users. If you're in the mood for solitude, this is your best chance in Bon Secour NWR.
Route Type | Out and Back
Total Distance | 4.5 miles
Overall Difficulty | Easy
Bon Secour NWR Map | US Dept of Fish and Wildlife
Trailhead. This hike begins at the Pine Beach Trail parking lot just off AL-180, west of Gulf Shores. [map]
Trail navigation. The trails are clearly marked. Begin on the Pine Beach Trail and just past the pit toilet, turn left to continue on to the Centennial Trail. The trail ends at the boardwalk. Retrace your steps to return to the trailhead.
Options. Bon Secour NWR is a great place to get into Nature. For the best views and variety, do the western loop that includes Pine Beach Trail, Gator Lake Trail, pristine dunes, and a great stretch along the beach. For a nice, flat, and easy trail run, checkout the Jeff Friend Trail on the eastern side of the refuge. For peace and solitude, the Pine Beach to Centennial Trail out and back is best.