Winter time does not mean little business for Gulf State Park. During the months of January through April, officials say snowbirds flock to the park to enjoy all of the park’s environmentally educational opportunities.
One of the most popular things visitors like to take advantage of are the Backcountry Trail EcoTours.
EcoTour guide Larry Ellis says he’s taken snowbirds and locals alike on nature tours for the last six years through the park, and officials say every year the tours gain more and more popularity.
“We’ve probably given the tours to 500 plus people each year, and it’s more about awareness of the park, and what there is to offer at the Gulf State Park and on the island,” says Nicole Worner, Coastal Resources Planner for the City of Orange Beach.
The tours are designed to educate folks on the foliage, wildlife, and history of the park, while also giving folks a chance to see areas they might overlook.
“I figured I wasn’t going to walk all of it in one day, so it’s a great way to see all of the trails at one time, and see where you want to take a walk later, and check it out in the future,” says Debbie Stenger, an EcoTour customer.
So if you’re interested in getting some peace and quiet, while also getting a little nature lesson, check out the Backcountry Trail, you never know what, or who, you might find.
The EcoTours are $15 a person, and run five days a week. To learn more click here: http://backcountrytrail.com/ecotours.html