The Hugh S Branyon Backcountry Trail system was developed cooperatively by the City of Orange Beach and Gulf State Park (Alabama State Parks Division) to provide non-consumptive recreational opportunities through one of the last remaining intact maritime forests along coastal Alabama. In addition to being a preserve for many of the area’s native wildlife, this remnant natural area serves as a lifeline for millions of migratory birds each spring and fall by providing essential food and shelter resources, thereby making the birding potential excellent on any given visit.
Over 13.5 miles of paved trails provide access from six entry points to a diversity of coastal habitats representative of the maritime forest including sandy oak hammocks, Longleaf sand ridge, freshwater marsh, pine flatwoods, relict dune swales, seepage swamps and a pitcher plant bog. Interpretive signs placed along each trail identify many of the natural features of the maritime forest.
Note: the trails have been substantially expanded with the expansion of the state park.
GPS: N30.28028 W-87.58223
Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trails
PO Box 458
Orange Beach, AL 36561
Catman Road Trailhead: From Boggy Point (ACBT 3), return back to the AL 161 intersection and proceed across to the Catman Road Trailhead parking lot. This entry point is one of six that encircle the Backcountry Trial complex (see map). The entire trail system is open to hiking and cycling usage during daylight hours and features a screened picnic pavilion, butterfly garden, public restrooms and numerous benches to better accommodate your visit. No camping is permitted.