Located on the northeastern shoulder of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, North Baldwin County is an outdoor recreation and ecotourism Mecca. Here fishermen can launch from multiple river and delta landings located north of Interstate 10. The Mobile-Tensaw Delta is the second-largest river delta in the U.S., second only to the Mississippi River Delta in size, and a prime location to see an abundance of wildlife and enjoy the recently expanded Bartram Canoe Trail. After its recent addition of 50 miles, the Trail is now more than 200 miles long. Designated routes wind through the Delta along a series of interconnected waterways, which makes for a great ecotourism experience.
The Delta is an environmental showplace that is 45 miles long and 16 miles wide, and encompasses about 300 square miles just north of Mobile Bay. The region features numerous interconnected stream systems, floodplains, swamps, bayous, lakes and forests, and it is home to an abundance of species of flora and fauna, including 500 plants, 300 birds, 126 fishes, 46 mammals, 69 reptiles and 30 amphibians. Ecosystems vary among 20,000 acres of open water; 10,000 acres of marsh; more than 70,000 acres of swamp; and more than 85,000 acres of bottomland forest. As a result of restoration and conservation efforts by a combination of federal, state and private citizens, 185,500 contiguous acres of federal and state property are now preserved in the delta. In 1974, Congress declared the Mobile-Tensaw Delta a National Natural Landmark. Fewer than 600 sites have received that honor.
Another exceptional natural resource of North Baldwin County is the Bayou Jessamine Tract. This tract comprises 184 acres and houses the largest bald cypress tree in the state, standing at 131 feet tall. The tract borders the Bayou Jessamine, which is a principle route on the Bartram Canoe Trail and which also leads to Jug Lake and the Bottle Creek Indian Mounds.
North Baldwin County’s natural resources are steeped in historical significance and beauty. Several nature preserves offer wildlife admirers and hunters the opportunity to enjoy their passions and test their skills. Consequently, the Mobile-Tensaw Delta and Bartram Canoe Trail are great destinations for nature lovers, boaters, sport fisherman, photographers, hikers, kayakers, canoeists and bird watchers. (For more, see Recreation section, page 11.)
Alongside the natural wonders of North Baldwin County are well-planned communities. The citizens and elected officials of the county pride themselves on maintaining balanced communities that are both progressive and eco-friendly.
Business and commerce in the county are rated among the best in the nation. In May of 2010, the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance was chosen by Site Selection as one of the “Top 10” economic development groups in the United States, a proud testimony to the resilience and commitment businesses and residents of Baldwin County have even during uncertain economic times.
North Baldwin County is a key player on the economic development front. In fact, Bay Minette, the county seat and the economic hub of North Baldwin County, boasts an economic infrastructure that is continuously expanding and improving. The North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, along with city and county governments, is actively involved in strategic growth plans that reach well into the future.
As the northern gateway to Baldwin County, Bay Minette, Alabama is ideally situated approximately 35 miles northeast of Mobile, AL; 45 miles north of Gulf Shores, AL; 40 miles northwest of Pensacola, FL; 75 miles northeast of Biloxi, MS; and 120 miles northeast of New Orleans, LA. Consequently, residents and visitors enjoy small-town living, with easy access to big-city entertainment in little more than an hour’s drive. So, if country living with big-city access is for you, contact the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce and we will happily assist you in relocating your home or business.