by Joe Cuhaj (Falcon Guides)
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$3 per adult to access the park- well maintained roads and facilities. The trail, which follows near Civil War redboubts is about 6 miles with nice scenery. In addition to the main trail, there are a few other nature trails, a pontoon barge tour led by a Civil War Preservation Society member (very well spoken). Website to the park is http://www.blakeleypark.com/
One note- the deer flies (yellow flies) are really bad after May... so be prepared for those annoying little pests.
First off, the guide is useless. There is no "redoubt trail" in Blakely State Park. That being said, the ranger will provide you with a somewhat adequate mat upon your arrival. Pay your $6.00 to get in, get the map, and make sure to ask the ranger to help you plan a route. I found the staff to be extremely helpful. The trails in the park range from well defined access roads which can be used for a nice family stroll, to somewhat narrow, poorly marked tracks that can seem a bit more technical in nature. You can spend a whole day here exploring and the sights run the gamut from old growth forest, to river bottomland and shoreline. A nice time can be had with proper planning and exploration, so pick your trail and have fun.
Thisis an excellent trail. There is even some history to go along with the hike. But...don't go in the heat of summer if you can help it. To say it's hot is an understatement. There are boardwalks over the creeks and branchs. Some of these boardwalks are being repaired due to spring floods. Take plenty of water whenever you take this trail. And watch for snakes. They like to lie on the stumps and downed trees in the wet areas of the trail. However the piney woods and wet areas are teaming with life and the trails are not heavily used.
The Redoubt Trail Loop is one of the best trails I've found in southern AL. Blakeley State Park, where the trail is located, is a beautiful area and offers a lot of history.
The park charges a $3.00 entry fee. There are great picnic areas and outhouses in the park. The Redoubt Trail Loop is not the only trail in the park so once you have completed this leg of your journey there are other options.
I teach at a local middle school in Mobile. This past year we took our students to Blakeley and hiked this trail and parts of other trails - the students had a great time. As part of their assignment, I created a virtual field trip. There is a map and pictures of the park on my school website - if you would like more information. The URL is http://www.mathmaniac.com/virtualtours/BlakeleyStatePark/index.html
Have a great time!
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