The Bon Secour NWR contains 7,000 acres of wildlife habitat for migratory birds, nesting sea turtles, and the endangered Alabama beach mouse. The refuge was established by congress in 1980 to preserve the coastal dune ecosystem, to protect threatened and endangered species, to provide compatible recreational opportunities, and to serve as a living laboratory for students and scientists.

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Parks and Outdoors Review of Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

Away Travel Expert: Johnny Molloy
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ParksExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
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Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, located west of Gulf Shores, protects some important coastline along Alabama's shore, where dunes rise from the sea and birds stop over on migration.
  • This 7,000-acre preserve, small by national wildlife refuge standards, is a place for loggerhead turtles to nest, and for the Alabama beach mouse to make a stand. The piping plover is a solitary shorebird that can be seen here.
  • Bon Secour means safe harbor in French, and it is a fitting name for the refuge. It not only protects and provides recreation opportunities on the Gulf, with five miles of beaches, but it also has 12 miles of bayfront.

12295 State Highway 180
Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 251-540-7720
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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