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While the most popular outdoor pursuit in Gulf Shores might be relaxing on the beach, visitors should not pass up the opportunity to go for a bike ride. Designated paved paths offer something for bikers of all skill levels and snake through gorgeous scenery including sand dunes, forests and more.

Biking along the trails at Gulf State Park is a routine favorite. The paved trails, some of which are part of the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail system, spread throughout the park, allowing bikers access to all of the park's amenities like the beach and the picnic area. The loop around Lake Shelby is a particularly popular ride. These wide, flat trails are perfect for beginner bikers, travelers who want a leisurely ride or those with kids. Visitors who do not have their own bike can rent one from the park.

Meanwhile, experienced bikers should try Fort Morgan Road Trail and Fort Morgan Road. Fort Morgan Road Trail, which runs parallel to Fort Morgan Road, takes bikers through Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge on a paved path. The trail is about 7 miles one-way. The second section, which takes place on Fort Morgan Road itself, is about 16 miles one-way and is the final leg to reaching Fort Morgan.

Bike trails are generally open from sunrise to sunset, though hours may vary. There are several places to rent bikes in Gulf Shores. Check out the tourism board's website for a list of shops and additional bike trails.

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Outdoor adventurers flock to Gulf State Park, which sits just a mile east of the public beach. Along with opportunities for swimming, fishing and paddling at Lake Shelby, the park also boasts 28 miles of trails (15 of which make up the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail) that weave throughout. Visitors can also take advantage of the park's guided tours or stop by the nature center to learn about the local flora and fauna. Budget-minded vacationers should check out the park's rental cabins or its campgrounds, while those traveling with pets can make use of the on-site dog park. Those who don't want to rough it can book a room at one of the nearby hotels.

Travelers regularly call the park beautiful and praise the clean facilities. Hikers enjoyed the park's trails and appreciate the water fountains located along the paths. Meanwhile, RVers offer rave reviews of the size of the grounds and the on-site amenities.

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