We don’t have the snow and hard winter like other parts of the country since we’re on the coast. But, its been in the 40s and 50s for a while and today is our first warm day in a while so we decided to go for a bike ride on Dauphin Island.

Dauphin Island has quite a bit of history like the original name of the island was Massacre Island and the island was renamed for Louis XIV’s great grandson. But my favorite historical tid bit is about Indian Mound Park. The park is also known as Shell Mound Park. The park is now a bird sanctuary and it has some really beautiful trees. The historical significance is that the mounds are made of discarded oyster shells (prehistoric indian shell middens). Later, the Live Oaks were a shelter for goats hence the name of the park – Goat Tree Reserve.

We parked at the east end of the island by Fort Gaines (more great history here!). We unloaded the bikes and made our way to the west end of the island. The island is about 7.75 miles long. We made several stops along the way and just enjoyed a slow easy ride.

 

Audobon Guide                     Alabama Coastal Bird Trail Book                    DIPBB Audubon List and Map