Mobile: Pine Beach Loop

See gators, sea turtles, and life-list birds on this 3.7-miler in Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, one of the Gulf Coast's last undeveloped tracts.
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See gators, sea turtles, and life-list birds on this 3.7-miler in Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, one of the Gulf Coast's last undeveloped tracts.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 3.7

Waypoints

PBL001

Location: 30.2474308013916, -87.8290481567383

Head SW on dirt track into rolling maritime woodland of gnarled, moss-draped live oaks. Pack bug spray for no-see-ums

PBL002

Location: 30.2445125579834, -87.8247375488281

Small marsh on L; magnolia flowers cast scent over hummingbird-friendly red basil shrubs and berry-full muscadine vines

PBL003

Location: 30.2411994934082, -87.8200531005859

R @ Y staying on Pine Beach Trail

PBL004

Location: 30.2375392913818, -87.8183975219726

Isthmus divides saltwater flats of Little Lagoon to E and freshwater Gator Lake to W (year-round fishing for largemouth bass, catfish, bluegill). Gators live here, too

PBL005

Location: 30.2337493896484, -87.8166732788086

Within dunes and scrub pines, fi nd ruined beach homes (Hurricane Frederic, 1979). Great blue herons and cattle egrets cling to marshy shore of Little Lagoon

PBL006

Location: 30.2323799133301, -87.8163833618164

Turn L toward beach through tall grass; white-sand beaches stretch along the Gulf of Mexico

PBL007

Location: 30.2295150756836, -87.8139419555664

Pine Beach: These wind-sculpted dunes are home to two endangered species, the Alabama beach mouse and the loggerhead sea turtle. Head W along beach

PBL008

Location: 30.2291126251221, -87.8194122314453

Turn R. Ahead is the Civil War-era relic Fort Morgan, the 173-year-old guardian of Mobile Bay

PBL009

Location: 30.2306900024414, -87.8187408447266

Back on the dunes, head 2 mi. back to WPT 6; retrace route to car