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Located eleven miles away from Gulf Shores in southern Alabama, Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge occupies 7,157 acres of land. It is divided into five discrete parcels of land scattered across Baldwin and Mobile counties but is managed as a single entity. The units are Little Dauphin Island, Sand Bayou, Little Point Clear, Perdue, and Fort Morgan. Bon Secour is a French name meaning safe harbor. Designated in 1980, this Alabama coast gem features a wide range of habitats, including sand dunes, wetlands, wildflowers, beaches, and pine and oak forest. As the name suggests, Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is home to hundreds of animal species, with more than 250 species of birds recorded here.

No matter the unit of Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge you choose to explore during your RV rental vacation, you will have endless opportunities to have fun. For water sports enthusiasts, the refuge has plenty of activities, including fishing, boating, and kayaking. Book an RV in Gulf Shores to enjoy wildlife viewing, hiking, and birding.

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Getting Outdoors

Because Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is largely undeveloped and has varying habitats, you can be sure to spot plenty of wildlife. The refuge is especially famous for it’s the endangered Alabama beach mouse. Other notable species include alligators, red foxes, nesting sea turtles, bobcats, and armadillos. For birders, Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge plays host to a wide variety of birds including herons, egrets, snowy plover, ospreys, and terns

Fishing is a popular recreational activity all year round. Of all the streams and lakes in Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, the Forty-acre Gator Lake and Little Lagoon are by far the most popular spots with anglers. The most common species include bass and bluegill. Not a fan of fishing? Don’t worry; Little Lagoon is open for boaters. So don’t forget to toss your kayak, boat, or your stand-up paddleboard in your travel trailer rental when visiting this wildlife refuge area. The Jeff Friend Kayak Launch is available for ease of access.

Hiking is a popular summertime activity. With over 50 miles of trails, Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is perfect for hikers of all skills level. Most of the trails vary from one mile to five miles and are well- maintained and kid-friendly.

Camping at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

When you rent an RV in Gulf Shores, you will find plenty of parks within the city. Nearby Gulf State Park offers nearly 500 sites. Full hookups are available in most sites. Amenities offered here include laundry facilities, a dump station, a pool, and a camp store. For fun, the park offers a wide range of outdoor recreation, including fishing, boating, biking, and hiking. Bay Breeze RV on the Bay LLC is another lovely spot you can spend a few nights. Full hookups, laundry facilities, restrooms, and showers are available.

Not too far away, Fort Morgan RV Park offers full hookup sites. Other available amenities include a laundry facility, restrooms, and a clubhouse.

Looking for a lovely place to park your luxury RV rental? Island Retreat RV Park is a perfect site. This 150-site campground boasts of amenities such as full hookup, a dump station, restrooms, showers, laundry facility, and a pool.

Exploring the Area

Gulf Shores region is home to some of the best Alabama destination. When you rent a travel trailer in this area, you are bound to come across all sorts of outdoor attractions. Visitors, who make the quick trip to Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, 13 miles away, will get an opportunity to spot tons of animals. Spanning 25 acres, the zoo plays host to lions, sloths, kangaroos, monkeys, bears, and tigers. Fun kid activities offered here include petting giraffes, train, and carousel rides.

If you love gators, don’t miss a chance to visit the Alligator Alley in Foley during your family RV rental trip. Along the raised boardwalk, visitors can see over a hundred alligators in the swamp below. If you are bringing along your kids during your RV rental tour, The Park at OWA in Foley, Alabama, is a great place to take them. Spanning 14 acres, this park has a variety of activities for kids of all ages. There are more than 20 rides available and splash pad where kids can cool off in the afternoons.

For taxidermy and hunting enthusiasts, Spear hunting Museum in Summerdale is a nice place to visit with your luxury RV rental. Located about 28 miles away, this small museum is dedicated to preserving Gene Morris spear hunting history and trophies. Inside the museum, visitors can see exhibits such as skins, horns, and skulls. There are also plenty of taxidermy exhibits from games killed by Gene’s, including cougars, zebras, turkeys, and bears.

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