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.
DIRECTIONS: 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.
GPS: N30.25222 W-87.68882