Fort Morgan Road Ride (42 miles)
The Fort Morgan road ride is one of three classic cycling routes in Gulf Shores. You can create the first 52-mile route by simply combining the West Beach Blvd Ride with the Gulf State Park Loop and Perdido Key. We made these routes to connect together, so there’s nothing more to say about that. The third cycling route is coming, so stay tuned, but this section is about the Fort Morgan Road Ride.
Two things make this ride special and unique; you’re sheltered from the coastal breezes a bit by the trees along Fort Morgan Road, and you can take the ferry over to Dauphin Island for more riding, breakfast at the bakery, and a quintessential Gulf Coast experience during the crossing. Plus, you get to see historic Fort Morgan and maybe stop for a rest under the mature oak trees and the Pine Beach Trail Trailhead (if you don’t mind crossing 100′ of dirt road to get there).
We drew the route starting from Woodside Restaurant to connect it to the Hugh S. Branyon Trail system, but if you’re driving in, I would consider parking at the shopping center west of 59 to avoid that intersection. Otherwise, you can use the Fort Morgan Trail westbound and the Coyote Xing Trail eastbound to get around traffic at the corner and shopping center.
Once you clear the shopping centers, it’s smooth cycling on Fort Morgan Road, and it’s much better to ride on the road instead of messing with Fort Morgan Trail crossing side streets, and construction. For sheer aesthetics, I would ride the last mile of the trail westbound as it runs past the Peninsula Golf Club. Otherwise, I would stick to the road. If you’re not comfortable riding with cars, maybe a 42-mile cycling route isn’t for you.