There are 100s of reasons the Lil Mrs and I choose to stay at Buena Vista RV Resort every time we are in the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach area. But truly this one attraction stands head and hiking boots above the rest! Stroll down any of Buena Vista's brick paved streets toward the back of the property, and you'll find yourself in hiking or biking heaven. Here is what the good folks at Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism had to say about it!
The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail is a 28+ mile paved trail system that takes visitors throughout the 6,150 acres of Gulf State Park which is home to nine unique ecosystems, and adjacent to Buena Vista RV Resort. The trails are multi-use, meaning they are suitable for hikers, cyclists and are ADA accessible. There are trailheads surrounding the perimeter of the park, making it easy to find and access while vacationing on our shores. While many enjoy walking and hiking on the trails while taking in the views, if you want to cover more ground, we suggest biking or booking a Segway tour. Check out the trail map and begin exploring!
The park has made biking easier for its guests by implementing a free bike share program. There are 50 bikes available to rent at stations scattered throughout the park. To ride, simply download the Bloom Bike Share App and scan the code at the station. The first three hours are free of charge. And, when you’re done, return the bike to your nearest station.
If you’d like to travel the trails by Segway, contact Coastal Segway Adventures, located at the main park office near Lake Shelby. They offer two-hour guided tours throughout the park. Their knowledgeable staff will first run through some safety drills and information. Then, they’ll guide you along the trails sharing information about the park and the wildlife that inhabit it. Most tours also include a stop to say “hi” to the park’s resident alligator, Lefty.
If you have little Klamshells traveling with you, like we used to have, its important to wear those little suckers out late in the day so they are good and tired!! Ha. That's free advice from me and the Lil Mrs. We would make sure the Klamshell Kids got plenty of exercise every time we visited Buena Vista RV Resort, then they would go to sleep early and give me and the Lil Mrs some added time for some late night strolls on the beach!