Enclosed on three sides by Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico and encompassing over 600 acres, Fort Morgan offers a never ending variety of possibilities for outdoor activities. Beaches, nature trails, and a boat launch provide only a few of the jumping off points for a day filled with the beauty of Alabama's Gulf Coast. To see where your next outdoor adventure begins, look no further. All compasses point to Fort Morgan!
Caution should be used in using the beaches as no lifeguards are present.
Beaches are managed by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a part of Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. Observe all posted regulations at all times. Please be aware that all beaches close at 5:00 pm when the site's gate closes. Closure time and enforcement is handled by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Officers that patrol the beaches from dusk till dawn.
Fort Morgan and It's Beaches Close at 5:00pm Daily
Tired of shopping and visiting the usual tourist destinations? Wanting something a bit more relaxing and enjoyable? With plenty of sandy beaches for everyone at the mouth of Mobile Bay, Fort Morgan provides the opportunity for every angler to land that "big one" from its shoreline. Bring your camera, because the people back home will never believe you! Come where the locals have been shore fishing for years, come to Fort Morgan!
Perhaps you towed a boat hundreds of miles and are looking for a place to put your boat in that will not cost you an arm or a leg. Fort Morgan Historic Site features a boat launch featuring two slips which can handle most recreational fishing boats. Why get the hull wet miles from the Gulf of Mexico, when it literally sits just around the bend at Fort Morgan? Better still, its open 24/7!
Handy links for fishing licenses can be found in the left sidebar.
Bird and Wildlife Watching
Located on Mobile Point, Fort Morgan State Historic Site is not only a stop off point for humans, but migratory birds as well! During the fall migration period, birds use the site as a "fuel" replenishment spot before starting their long trip over the Gulf of Mexico for the winter. During the Spring, they repeat the journey in reverse and land once again to fill themselves with much needed nourishment. Because of its location and the importance it plays in these annual events, Fort Morgan was designated one of "One Hundred Globally Important Bird Areas" by the American Bird Conservancy. A part of the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail, signs are located throughout the site to aid you. Please see the link at left for more information on the Fort Morgan section of the trail as well as other trails that may interest you.
Due to the development of the peninsula in the past 40 years, Fort Morgan Historic Site has become a refuge for many species of wildlife on the western tip of the peninsula. Walking the short nature trails located on the site, visitors can spot fox, coyotes, and even the occasional bobcat. The expansive unspoiled dune habitat provides a home for the endangered Alabama beach mouse which aids in the development and maintenance of a healthy dune ecosystem. We have our serpent friends as well, water moccasins, eastern diamondback rattlesnakes and pygmy rattlers. While you are encouraged to venture into the woods, please use caution and keep a respectable distance. Never attempt to feed any of the animals on the site. Part of the lure of looking for wild animals in their natural habitat is that they are wild, lets keep them that way!
The dune complexes and marshes are protected endangered species habitat. While you may walk along the beach near the dunes, please do not enter the complexes or marshes. Signs are posted where areas are closed for visitation.
Fort Morgan is a Dog Friendly Site. We ask that you please keep them on a leash at all times and pick up after them. Please do not take pets inside the museum. The Mobile bay side beach from the old Fort Morgan Pier all the way to the Old Fisherman's Wharf is the only beach that allows dogs. Beyond the Old Fisherman's Wharf is a Federal Wildlife area so dogs are not permitted beyond that point.
Near the stables is a great place for birding!