Grab your bike and take a short day trip to bike the Eastern Shore Bike Trail. This is a beautiful trail winding along the banks of Mobile Bay connecting the traveler to unique and charming communities.
We recently packed our bikes and biked a 3.5 mile section of this trail. We parked across from the Grand Beach Hotel located in Point Clear, Alabama. From there, we traveled north on the Eastern Shore Bike Trail. As we biked, we enjoyed the shade from large oaks laced with Spanish moss. It was fun looking at the beautiful houses and unique restaurants, shops and cafes such as Jolly’s Diner and Bay Break.
As we approached Fairhope we saw people walking, biking, and jogging along the breathtaking views from the bluffs. In this section there are a few public piers, park benches, and picnic areas for visitors to enjoy.
After taking a short stroll out on the Fairhope municipal pier and sitting on the benches overlooking the bluffs, we headed to downtown Fairhope. It was time to eat lunch, so we went to Sandra’s Place which serves great sandwiches. The cafe is located in the center of town and has outdoor seating. We had wonderful Chicken Salad sandwiches served on a croissants with chips and a pickle.
The city of Fairhope is one of my favorite southern towns in Alabama. After lunch, we strolled around town with our bikes. We walked through the art gallery which showcases the talents of local artists as well as stopped into Mr. Gene’s Beans. Mr. Gene’s Beans is a fun place for ice cream and coffee. My pick of the day was a delicious refreshing iced coffee beverage.
Our last stop of the day was to Running Wild, a running and triathlon supply store- we introduced the manager to Outdoor Gulf Coast. It was then time to make our way back. Going back was just as nice and fun with the help of some downhills. If you are looking for a fun place to take your bikes, the Eastern Shore Trail should be on your list of places to explore.
Check out the full map of The Eastern Shore Trail.