Graham Creek Nature Preserve
Welcome to the gorgeous Graham Creek Nature Preserve, the almost 500-acre preserve that holds a visitor center, hiking and biking trails, and 3 disc-golf courses, not to mention a plethora of native flora and fauna.
This area provides protection for rare plant and animal species by preserving, enhancing, and restoring the natural land, and it also provides several educational and recreational opportunities for its guests. There are several regular events that take place here such as guided walks and marathons/obstacle courses, making it quite the popular place for nature and exercise enthusiasts.
While here you will see pine savannas, bottomland wetlands, tidal marshes, and mixed forests all throughout, and there will be several ways to explore them each. Canoe or kayak the waterways, hike the 5-mile trail, take a run on the 5k cross country trail, take a leisurely walk on the 2-mile trail, or enjoy birdwatching/wildlife watching in general at any of the designated spots. There are several picnic and play areas, as well as differently sized pavilions for personal events.
Head to the Interpretive Center and see various Nature Center exhibits, such as native reptiles, various habitat reproductions, and other various educational displays. There are grade specific field trip opportunities in the outdoor classrooms, curriculum matching each learning level and teaching students about the unique ecology of Alabama's Gulf Coast. Learn about the over 700 different plant species here, some of the local wildlife such as snakes, deer, turtles, and insects, or get more in depth and study the groundwater, watershed, soil, air, and forestry aspects of the preserve.