Gorgeous natural features accent the backdrop of North Baldwin County. Both adventure and leisure seekers can enjoy the bountiful parks and landscape by joining in the action or by kicking back and relaxing.
Impressively, the Mobile-Tensaw Delta covers more than 300 miles, making it the second largest river delta in the nation. Named as a National Natural Landmark by Congress, this natural wonder is comprised of rivers, swamps, streams, marshes, coves and lakes that connect to the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, abundant wildlife inhabits the area.
Boating is an accessible hobby in the Mobile Delta with over 20 boat launches and access sites located in the area. Hubbard’s Landing is a very popular boat launch, but anglers have a wealth of options when it comes to newly constructed piers as well. A few of the Mobile Delta’s newly constructed piers include Cliff’s Landing, Meaher State Park, Choccalotta Access Area and the U.S.S. Alabama Battleship Park.
Bluegill and redear sunfish, known as bream, are fish very common to the area. The shallow bays near the causeway are filled with bream in late spring each year, much to the local fishermen’s delight. Arguably, one of the best spots in Alabama to catch the redspotted sunfish is the Mobile Delta.
Anglers typically find that saltwater fish, redfish, speckled trout and flounder are abundant in the fall. Redfish can be caught using various forms of bait, including crank baits and plastic grubs, but the preferred method is live-rigged shrimp. Speckled trout are caught using jigs, plastic grubs and both live-rigged and dead-rigged shrimp, whereas flounder are most often caught using bull minnows or grubs. Lower Tensaw, Blakely, Apalachee and Mobile Rivers are among the best locations to catch these fish.
A must of the expansive delta area is the Alabama Bartram Canoe Trail, the only official state canoe trail. The Trail, which traverses the swampy, marshy landscape of the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta, is navigable for more than 200 miles and offers great opportunities for nature viewing, bird watching and exploration. The main attraction is Mound Island, home to 18 Native American earthen mounds of the Bottle Creek archaeological site. One of south Alabama’s best-known trips is the 11.5-mile loop for canoeists and kayakers on Rice Creek.
Not only is Historic Blakely State Park an access point to the Tensaw River, it is also home to Perkin’s Hurricane Landing. The river is a popular spot for kayaking, canoeing and other water sports. Hiking through the park, visitors can view plenty of wildlife and lush plants. Fishing is exciting with more than 126 species of fish swimming through the delta waters. Specifically, the Alabama Bass Trail is a great place to drop a line as one of five official bass angler trail destinations in the state.
The full beauty of Styx River can be experienced at the Styx River Resort. Lodgers enjoy the clubhouse’s adult recreation area, a kid-friendly recreation center and resort-wide wireless Internet connectivity. Enjoy the river by swimming, hanging out on the beach or taking a stroll on the nature trails. Tubing is a fun activity. Playgrounds and athletic courts and fields are also onsite.
The Alabama Coastal Birding Trail, arranged as a series of loops, describes the most frequented birding spots. Detailed directions are provided in a sequential fashion, but it is not necessary to follow the complete loop. Suggestions are given for some of the birds that may be expected at each site. The Mobile-Tensaw Delta loop in North Baldwin County begins at the intersection of I-65 and AL 225. In this area northeast of Mobile, the waters of the Alabama and Tombigbee Rivers merge into the tangled Mobile Delta. Though best explored by boat, these bottomlands can be accessed at several points along the eastern periphery. The main attraction for birders is the abundance of breeding songbirds; other species, such as large waders and kites, also can be seen.
Visitors to North Baldwin County can hike the well-traveled trails of Little River or Blakely State Parks, both of which offer some of the best that coastal hiking has to offer. The mission of the Alabama Hiking Trail Society is to connect people with nature. In recent years several different chapters of the Alabama Hiking Trail Society have come together and have been instrumental in making Alabama a hiking destination, advocating and planning hiking trails throughout the state. In Baldwin County, the LA Hikers are the local Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alabama Hiking Trail Society.
Golfing is at its best in the state of Alabama, due to the spectacular facilities of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Comprised of 18 courses, totaling 378 holes, the trail spans more than 100 miles. The closest facility to North Baldwin lies in Mobile at Magnolia Grove. The 54 holes on this course are surrounded by expansive greenery, lakes, creeks and a serene waterfall.
Holly Hills Country Club in Bay Minette features a nine-hole course covering more than 3,000 yards and a four-tee driving range. Just south of Bay Minette, is the community of Steelwood. The 18-hole course at the Steelwood Country Club facility features 7,096 yards of golf from the longest tees, for a par of 72. In addition, rookie and advanced golfers alike will enjoy Timber Creek Golf Course in Malbis, located next to the Eastern Shore Mall.
Boat landing sites include: Boatyard Lake on State Hwy 59; Cliff’s Landing, Cloverleaf Landing, Dixie Landing and Patrick’s Landing off Hwy 225; Hubbard’s Landing on Tensaw Lake; Lower Bryant Landing along State Hwy 225; and Upper Bryant Landing located on Upper Bryant Landing Road.