/Connecting with Nature

Get your hook in the water for awesome winter fishing

Cool-weather fishing can produce some great catches along the Alabama Coastal Connection.  It’s a great time for catching amberjack and grouper. The bull reds start running when the temperatures drop, too. Take a four- to six-hour charter fishing trip just off shore and enjoy a good fight from the redfish. In fact, the best time ...Read More

What you can expect to catch while fall fishing

Anyone who has fished Alabama waters knows fall is an awesome time to reel in some great catches. And the benefits of fall fishing include the cooler temperatures, of course, as well as the less-crowded piers and beaches. Ready to get that line wet? When you’re fishing saltwater, prepare to hook amberjack, Spanish mackerel, flounder, ...Read More

Where to camp along the Alabama scenic byway

Pitch a tent! Beautiful parks along Alabama’s Coastal Connection invite you to spend the night under warm Southern skies. Gulf State Park boasts 6,500 acres of land that includes 2.5 miles of beachfront; a beach pavilion with restrooms, showers and shaded picnic tables; three freshwater lakes; a swimming pool; a golf course; a nature center ...Read More

Animals you may encounter along the byway

Like to get out in nature while enjoying a trip along the Alabama Coastal Connection? Several stops along the byway offer great spots for taking a hike. Bring a pair of binoculars so you don’t miss opportunities to see wildlife in their natural settings. Are you aware that more than 360 bird species have been ...Read More

Pitch in during the Alabama Coastal Cleanup

Want to help keep our beautiful beaches clean? You’re in luck! The 31st Annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 15. It’s not that we don’t appreciate beachgoers cleaning up behind themselves every time they visit the beach, but this is the one day each year our ...Read More

Take a walk on the wild side along the Alabama coast

There are so many places to enjoy the great outdoors along the Alabama Coastal Connection that it’s hard to narrow the list. We’ll try, however, with a few of our favorite stops. If you’re into birdwatching, you’re in luck. The Alabama Coastal Birding Trail offers dozens of places for avid birdwatchers to view an abundance of species. ...Read More

Keep the beaches clean

Headed to beaches along the Alabama Coastal Connection this summer? Great! We can’t wait to welcome you with open arms to our white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. When visiting Alabama’s beaches, keep in mind our Leave Only Footprints initiative. The goal is to keep the beaches pristine, stop plastic from winding up in the ...Read More

Places to pitch a tent along the byway

Is camping a tradition for your family? If so, now’s the time to pack up the gang and your camping gear and hit the road on a trip along Alabama’s Coastal Connection. All along coastal Alabama, we’ve got great spots to stop and park your RV or set up your tents for a fun back-to-nature-style ...Read More

Spring birding is back along the byway

When the weather starts to warm up, we notice a number of migrations across the Gulf Coast. Tourists and visitors from all over head out along Alabama’s Coastal Connection in search of rest and relaxation after months of braving the cold. It’s not so different for the birds. It’s no secret to those in the ...Read More

Tips for capturing great nature photos along Alabama’s Coastal Connection

With so much natural beauty surrounding Alabama’s Coastal Connection, you’d be disappointed if you didn’t bring a camera! For professional and amateur nature photographers alike, the beach byway presents the perfect opportunity to capture our incredible local wildlife at work and play. Below are some of our tips for making magical photos (and memories) here. ...Read More