For those of you looking to explore the local scenery, the nearby state and national parks are a great way to immerse yourself into the nature that surrounds Perdido Key. Visitors especially enjoy the untouched National Seashore - where miles of sandy beach stretches along the southside without any signs of development! The Intracoastal Waterway on the north side is another favorite among our guests. The Big Lagoon State Park offers amazing walking and biking trails as well as boat launches and birding!

Gulf Islands National Seashore

Located on the east end of Perdido Key with daily, weekly and yearly passes available. Offers primitive camping and is approximately a 2.25 mile hike to the beach area open for camping. The Perdido Key Discovery Trail is wheelchair accessible. Excellent area for jogging or biking.
Phone: 850-492-7278

Big Lagoon State Recreation Area

Derives its name from a bordering body of water called the Big Lagoon. The park of 678 upland acres was opened in 1978 and beckons visitors with all the recreational opportunities expected at a Florida state park. Follow the Cookie Trail, maintained by the Girl Scouts. Natural habitat includes numerous birds and animals - gray foxes, raccoons, skunks & opossum`s. We offer a panoramic view of the Big Lagoon, the park and the Gulf Islands National Seashore across the Intra-coastal Waterway. Located at 12301 Gulf Beach Hwy, just north of Perdido Key.
Location: 12301 Gulf Beach Hwy., Pensacola, FL 32507
Phone: 850.492.1595

Perdido Key State Recreation Area

Encompasses 247 acres on Perdido Key Drive. The wide, white sandy beaches and the rolling sand dunes make this a pristine oasis. A unique opportunity for visitors to relax, enjoy nature or fish. Saltwater fishing licenses required. Occupied shells are alive and should be left alone. Picnic shelters and parking are available.
Phone: 850.492.1595

Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve:

Bottomland hardwood swamps dominate the habitat of the reserve. One of the major functions of this habitat type is to serve as a refuge for wildlife. More than 9/10 of all the different kinds of birds of eastern North America use hardwood swamps at one time or another. The diorama in the lobby of the Interpretive Center portrays the vital habitats of the swamp, marsh, the bay bottom and the plants and animals that make these habitats their home.
Location: 11300 US Highway 98, east of Fairhope Alabama
Phone: 251.928.9792

Gulf State Park

Campgrounds, nature center, hiking trails, Lake Store, picnic areas off Highway 182, Gulf Shores. Look for wildlife and tracks among the thickets, marshes and sandy areas on the trails of Gulf State Park: Hurricane Ridge Trail, Bear Creek Trail, Bobcat Branch Trail and Middle Lake Trail.
Location: 20115 State Hwy 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Phone: 251.948.7275