Alabama's Coastal Connection

  • Start: Bayou La Batre, AL
  • End: Daphne, AL
  • Last Modified: 2012-03-27 16:08:39
  • Total Mileage: 120 Miles
  • Number of stops: 12


Along Alabama’s Coastal Connection National Scenic Byway, even first-time visitors find a connection to the waters, ways and wildlife of the region. Here, they experience the link between the traditions of the Deep South and a more laid back island lifestyle; between the wildlife of thousands of acres of preserved lands and the good life of a beachfront vacation; between the gunships of past naval battles and the countless recreational opportunities of the present. It is all here, right before their eyes and visitors make their own connections from the moment they take in one of its exceptional views: the sun sinking into the warm Gulf of Mexico; the weathered halls of a 150-year-old brick fort; the flutter of a colorful neo-tropical migrant bird; a fishing boat easing from the dock at sunrise. The byway’s story has several chapters: Connecting with Nature, Connecting with the Past, Connecting the Land and Sea, and Connecting with Each Other. Along the route, and the waterways it follows, highlights include the National Historic Landmarks of Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines; the protected lands of the Dauphin Island Audubon Sanctuary, Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and Gulf State Park; miles of sugar-white beaches; countless recreational opportunities; and a unique culture of working waterfronts Southern charm. Alabama’s Coastal Connection has much to share and it beckons travelers to make their own connection and to learn more about The Waters, Ways and Wildlife of Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

Stop #1:

Bayou La Batre
Bayou La Batre, AL

Stop #2:

Bellingrath Gardens
Theodore, AL

Stop #3:

Audubon Bird Sanctuary
Dauphin Island, AL

Stop #4:

Fort Gaines Historic Site
Dauphin Island, AL

Stop #5:

Fort Morgan
Gulf Shores, AL

Stop #6:

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
Gulf Shores, AL

Stop #7:

Gulf State Park
Gulf Shores, AL

Stop #10:

Graham Creek Nature Preserve
Foley, AL

Stop #11:

Baldwin County Heritage Museum
Elberta, AL

Stop #12:

Downtown Foley Historic District
Foley, AL

Stop #14:

Eastern Shore Trail
Daphne, AL

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