Fairhope Municipal Pier is a good location for winter ducks, loons, gulls and terns. Check the pilings in all seasons for loafing gulls, terns and pelicans. A scan or walk along the beach can yield wading birds, peeps and other shorebirds. Designed for both strolling and fishing, the pier features benches, covered areas, restrooms, a marina and a restaurant. There is no cost to walk, but a saltwater license is required for fishing. The park is home to a lovely rose garden and fountain, plus picnic tables, pavilion, duck pond, tree trail, and a large sandy beach. Non-residents are charged park admission during the summer season. In addition to the waterfront park, numerous bluff top parks extend along the bay front.
DIRECTIONS: Fairhope Municipal Pier and Beach is the beginning of a loop of the Eastern Shore-Mobile Bay Loop of the Coastal Birding Trail. It starts at the municipal park at the west end of Fairhope Avenue just off US 98A in Fairhope. There is no charge for the pier, but in summer there is a charge for entry to the beach.
GPS: N30.52456 W-87.91165
Fairhope Municipal Pier and Beach
4 North Beach Road