Coastal, Gulf Shores - Orange Beach Loop | Baldwin | Best Seasons: Fall | Spring | Winter
Wade Ward Nature Park is a 12 acre natural area, a rarity in the midst of such a vibrant resort city. It offers the birder scenic boardwalks overlooking canals and coastal salt marsh. It features a pavilion, benches and scenic boardwalks. The Nature Park provides ideal habitat for bitterns and rails. Even this close to the downtown commercial bustle, wildlife such otters, pelicans, and the occasional alligator can be seen hunting and fishing in its shallow water and wetlands.
Wade Ward Nature Park is located just two blocks north of Gulf Place, the main public beach. It is a public pedestrian access to a pocket of natural wetlands and waterways found in between the beach condominiums and commercial buildings in Gulf Shores.
From a comfortably dry, elevated boardwalk, you may enjoy beautiful views of the wetlands that connect Little Lagoon and Lake Shelby. Wildlife such otters, pelicans, and the occasional alligator can be seen hunting and fishing in its shallow water and wetlands.
The park can be accessed from a sidewalk on Highway 59 to a sidewalk with benches that line a narrow waterway including a small pavilion and deck overlooking the water. Nearby, a short boardwalk crosses the waterway and allows a view of the wetland area. Free public parking can be found just a short walk south one block walk on Highway 59 and then one block east on E. 1st St.
GPS: N30.25222 W-87.68882
Paved trails and an elevated boardwalk allow wheelchair access to much of this park.
If following directions provided in the Coastal Birding Trail booklet, return east on AL 182 to AL 59, turn left (north) and continue two blocks. On the right (east) is Wade Ward Nature Park, owned and operated by the City of Gulf Shores. Public parking is available just south, one block east of AL 59 between East Second and East First Avenue.
Amenities Available: Wheelchair Accessible
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