Meaher State Park’s 1,327-acres are situated in the wetlands of Mobile Bay and is a multi-use scenic park with picnic areas, 56 camping hook-ups and a bathhouse with laundry facilities for overnight visitors. A boat ramp and fishing pier will appeal to every fisherman. A self-guided walk on two nature trails includes a boardwalk with a up close view of the Mobile Delta. The Picnic Area is now open and includes a comfort station.
Stop at the gate house to pay a nominal entrance fee and then drive to the shell road, which runs a quarter mile to the aforementioned boardwalk. Park here (there is a chain across the shell road at this point) and walk on toward the boardwalk that extends out into Mobile Bay. In winter, watch for Swamp and White-throated Sparrows as you approach the boardwalk. Herons, egrets, and gulls can be seen from the boardwalk, and rarely Least Bittern (summer) and Clapper Rail. In winter, American White Pelicans find this a favorite spot as do large rafts of waterfowl. In summer, this is a great place for terns, including Gull-billed Tern. In addition, Least Terns often gather on the railings of the boardwalk offering excellent views. On the south side of the island, looking west into the bay, there are often White Ibis. Yellow-crowned Night-Heron can be frequently seen near the entrance eating crabs.
DIRECTIONS: From the D’Olive Bay overlook, continue north on US 98 across I-10. You can either turn left (northwest) on US 98 and go to the next site, Meaher State Park (skip to next paragraph for directions to Meaher State Park). Or, you can continue straight 0.1 miles and take the next left onto Larry Dee Cawyer Drive and stop at the Scenic Overlook, which is atop the hill and surrounded by a rock wall. Area information and restrooms are available at the overlook, which is also the location of the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce.
From the Scenic Overlook, return to US 98, turn right at the light (west) and proceed to the junction of US 90/98/31 (Mobile Bay Causeway). Continue west on the Mobile Bay Causeway to the entrance of Meaher State Park on the left (south) [1.9].
GPS: N30.66917 W-87.93565
Meaher State Park
5200 Battleship Pkwy. E.
Spanish Fort, AL 36577