The Ultimate Guide to Biking Alabama’s Gulf Coast

Escape on an outdoor adventure with a biking getaway on Alabama’s Gulf Coast! A bike rental is one of the best ways to see the surrounding area, and we have put together a biking guide to Alabama’s Gulf Coast to help you plan the perfect biking escape. This way, you can worry less about the day-to-day and spend more time exploring the beauty of the area.

Find Your Wheels in Gulf Shores

There are a variety of options to choose from when planning your vacation to Alabama’s Gulf Shores, with one of the newest ways being local bike-sharing. All you need is a smartphone for easy access to bike stations here at Gulf State Park, completely free for up to 3 hours! Anything beyond that is simply a small charge, with convenient stations located throughout so you can start and stop whenever you want. Just scan the code with the Bloom Bike Share app and you’re good to go.

Other options for rentals include Beach Bike Rentals near the Rosemary Dunes trail or Infinity Bike near Rattlesnake Ridge Trail. Both are great options for exploring the area and have slight advantages over the Bike Share app, namely that bike rentals are a more complete package that includes a helmet and lock, as well as having nicer 21-speed bicycles for a full day rental rather than only 3 hours. There are plenty of trails waiting for intrepid adventurers and biking enthusiasts, with the option to also bring your own bicycle if you would prefer not to rent or use bike-sharing services.

Discover Biking & Hiking Trails in Alabama

First up on Magnolia Spring’s personal recommendations is the Gulf Oak Ridge Trail, which offers beautiful views throughout its 3-mile length and is suitable for all experience levels with a magnificent overlook on the observation deck in the middle of the trail. We also recommend taking your bikes, heading through the Orange Beach Sports Complex right off the Twin Bridges Trail, and spending some time at The Wharf for a relaxing afternoon exploring the area’s wide variety of bars and restaurants.

Another fantastic hiking spot, The Eastern Shore Trail is 22 miles in total with the southern end only 2.7 miles away from the inn. It makes its way around the shores of Mobile Bay and has lovely views of the surrounding area. Also suitable for all experience levels, it’s not particularly difficult but will certainly take some time to complete if you are planning on tackling a large portion of this long trail. Fairhope is nearby as well, and close to the Eastern Shore Trail, with shopping and sightseeing opportunities around every corner and plenty of fun to be had for all.

Explore the Backcountry Trail and Beyond

Make the most of your time here at Magnolia Springs Bed and Breakfast with area activities, nearby attractions, and memorable sights all along the expansive Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail system. It features over 27 miles of easily accessible paved pathways for a relaxing and peaceful escape surrounded by the beauty of nature here in Alabama. One of its distinct features is that crosses through 6 distinct ecosystems, showcasing the area’s ecological diversity and making for a very interesting hike wherever you go. Bird watching is very popular here due to the large variety of fowl nesting in the area with over a hundred species calling the area home. Pack some binoculars and whatever else you need for some of the best bird-watching on the Gulf Coast.

Head on down to the Gulf State Park Pier and spend some time out by the water, or rent a fishing pole to wet a line! Alabama fishing licenses can be purchased onsite as well, making a fishing stop an easy thing to add to your biking itinerary for the day. The Shoppes at Palm Point is the perfect place for winding down at the end of a busy day of adventuring. Have a romantic dinner and make plans for the next day or shop till you drop and take home some souvenirs to remember your trip. Whatever you decide to do, you’re bound to have an amazing time here in the Gulf Shores.

Have an Adventure in the Great Outdoors

Prepare for fun in the Alabama sun with our Great Outdoors Package! You can handle any hike the comes your way with a packed collection of delicious snacks and keepsakes. Book with this exclusive package and receive two Magnolia Springs logo backpacks, two 20oz double-walled stainless steel water bottles, and a large polyester fleece blanket with a water-resistant lining and backing. Find a nice spot for a picnic and enjoy the view, you earned it! It’s the perfect addon for your Chestertown hiking getaway and will be waiting in your room on arrival.

Pedal Back Home to Our Romantic Inn

Magnolia Springs, our romantic bed and breakfast near Gulf Shores, Alabama, is the ideal place for your home base for all sorts of adventures on your biking getaway. Stay in cozy and private guest rooms with comfortable king and queen beds and a distinct southern aesthetic. Warm and inviting decor with an emphasis on natural colors and real wood, they are the perfect place to rest and relax after a long day of biking. If you are not so savvy with smartphones, make sure and check in with us when you first arrive so we can set you up with information about the area and handy paper maps. We have decades of knowledge about the Gulf Shores and are more than happy to answer any questions you may have and give you recommendations, or just point you in the right direction! Whether you bring a bike or rent one here, the area is filled with things to do and sights to see and we hope that you will consider Magnolia Springs for your next visit.

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