Eastern Shore Trail

EST-trail-marker_7F5339_trans_w226  This trail is a designated  National Recreation Trail and extends nearly 23 miles from I-10 at the Spanish Fort scenic overlook along the course of US 98  and Scenic 98 through Daphne, Montrose, Fairhope, Point Clear, then on to Weeks Bay.

The Trail is a mixture of city sidewalks and paved trails used by walkers, runners, strollers and casual bicyclists. The section of the trail from the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park and along the Causeway is considered a “Connector” to the Eastern Shore Trail, as it is not a separated multi-use path, but rather a designated “Share the Road” roadway.

The separated multi-use path begins at the Spanish Fort scenic overlook on US Hwy 98, just north of the I-10 overpass. The trail then continues south, under I-10 to the Gator Alley boardwalk and along North Main Street in Daphne, Alabama. The trail crosses US Hwy 98 at the beginning of Scenic 98, then continues through Olde Towne Daphne and scenic, yet hilly Montrose.

After Montrose, the trail continues by the Fairhope Flower Clock and winds its way around downtown Fairhope, passing the Single Tax Colony Cemetery and the Fairhope Pier before continuing through Battles Wharf toward Point Clear’s Marriott Grand Hotel. The trail continues another 5 miles south along Scenic Hwy 98 then crosses the highway at the County Road 1 curve where users can turn right to enjoy the Mullet Point Park on Mobile Bay or turn left to continue to the trail’s terminus under the Weeks Bay Bridge on Hwy 98.

The trail is mostly concrete or asphalt, but because of the wide variation in grade, you will encounter elevated boardwalks and high-rise bridges, both wood and metal.

North of Fairhope, the Trail is quite hilly in places. South of Fairhope’s Municipal Pier, the Trail is quite flat and suitable for all users.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at numerous places along the 32-mile route.

  • USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park: Located at 2703 Battleship Parkway in Mobile. Take US 90/98 (through the tunnel from Mobile or From Spanish Fort in Baldwin County) and look for signs to the park. The road is also known as State 42/Old Spanish Trail/Battleship Parkway. Battleship Park can also be accessed from Interstate-10 – exiting onto Old Spanish Trail/US98/Rt. 42/Battleship Parkway. Please note: the seven-mile section between the park and trail is a “Share the Road” roadway connector, not a separate multi-use path.
  • Spanish Fort – The Scenic Overlook located at Larry Dee Canyer Dr. (at US 90/98 & I-10 exit 35) has parking, restrooms and access to water and vending machines.
  • Daphne:  There are multiple parks located along the Trail route in Daphne, the Daphne Public Library, and Daphne City Hall.
  • Fairhope:  Public parking is available at the Fairhope Pier and in downtown Fairhope in the Parking Deck (located just behind the Hampton Inn on Section Street).
  • Mullet Point: From the city of Fairhope, head south on US98 Alt E/Mobile Ave (Mobile Bay on your right) to Magnolia Ave/Co. 1 (where US 98 Alt breaks away to the east) to Mullet Point Park (located at 13201 County Road 1 in Barnwell).

Probably one of the best locations to start is in Fairhope where you can go both north and south about the same distance..

Also Note…

To find out the latest report on trail conditions and news, please see News and Events.

Yard Waste Pick-up on Scenic Hwy 98 from the Grand Hotel to Weeks Bay – Baldwin County Solid Waste Department picks up yard waste on the second Monday of the month on this stretch of Scenic Hwy 98. If yard waste needs to be put on the road shoulder before that week, residents can call the Baldwin County Solid Waste Department at 251-972-6878 for earlier pick-up. It is unsightly, dangerous to trail users and against the law to put any solid waste on the Trail.

Vehicles parking on Scenic Highway 98 beyond the Grand Hotel – The Fairhope Police Department is helping get lawn maintenance vehicles, construction vehicles, and utility company vehicles off the Trail.  Any trail user can call the Fairhope Police Department at 251-928-2385 to report a vehicle parked on the Trail.  

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