Plan Your Visit

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The refuge consists of approximately 7,000 acres of coastal lands, ranging from constantly changing beach dunes to rolling pine-oak woodlands.

Directions, Address, and Contact Information

The Refuge Office and Visitor Center is located on State Highway 180 on the Fort Morgan Peninsula in Gulf Shores, Alabama. You can reach the refuge by the ferry from the west side of Mobile Bay or driving through Mobile and heading south to Gulf Shores. 

Hours of Operation

As a public health precaution, the visitor center at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is temporarily closed for the safety of staff and visitors. Staff are working. For questions call (251) 540-7720 and/or email

Refuge trails will remain open. 

Contact Us:

12295 State Highway 180
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Refuge Phone: (251) 540-7720
Refuge Fax: (251) 540-7301


Points of Interest

While visiting the refuge consider stopping by the Visitor Center to learn about the local flora and fauna and chat with refuge staff and volunteers who can provide helpful information, maps, brochures and checklists. The trails showcase native plants, animals, and many different habitats. Paddlers can see the refuge from Little Lagoon by accessing the canoe / kayak launch at the Jeff Friend Trail. Whether it's the solitude of watching a soaring hawk through your binoculars, learning about the amazing journey of a migrating songbird on a guided walk, or simply playing in the surf with your kids there are a ton of great ways to connect with nature at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge.


Know Before You Go

During the summer months a hat, sunscreen and bug repellent will make your visit a success. Biting insects are year round residents and especially plentiful during the summer months. Water is also extremely important; it is easy to become dehydrated while hiking and wildlife watching on the refuge. Pets are not permitted on the refuge at any time, with the exception of service dogs. For more information, please review our pet policy.



Entrance to Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is fee free. All public programs conducted by the refuge, such as the Fall/Winter bird walks, are also free of charge.