Riding The Eastern Shore Trail
The Eastern Shore Trail is a connector between North Daphne and South Fairhope, which consists of sidewalks and paving that extends from I-10 at the north end, follows US 98 and Scenic 98 through Daphne, Montrose, Fairhope and Point Clear, ending at Weeks Bay.
A popular point to start your ride is in Village Point Park Preserve in Daphne and head South. Most segments are suitable for riders of all ages and abilities. To follow the trail, users must cross streets carefully at marked locations. The trail is shared by runners, walkers, and casual cyclists.
The 22-mile varied-surface trail consists of concrete sidewalks and asphalt, elevated boardwalks and low bridges, and is shared by runners, pedestrians, and casual cyclists. (Should I ride on the road or the sidewalk? It depends… )
“I walked the entire length on my birthday last week. Thanks Trailblazers”
From the Gator Boardwalk in North Daphne, the trail runs along North Main Street/ Route 11 and crosses US Hwy 98 to continue along Scenic 98 into Olde Towne Daphne and scenic Montrose.
“We biked the trails along the coast from Fairhope and loved it. We’re from Indiana.”
Passes Fairhope Flower Clock and winds toward downtown Fairhope. Passes Fairhope Colony Cemetery and Fairhope Pier, weaves through Battles Wharf toward Marriott Grand Hotel in Point Clear.
Five more miles along Scenic Hwy 98, trail crosses the highway at the County Road 1 curve. There, turn right toward Mullet Point Park on Mobile Bay or turn left to reach the trail’s terminus under the Weeks Bay Bridge.
Terrain: North of Fairhope, in the Montrose area, the Trail is hilly in places. South of Fairhope Municipal Pier, the Trail is mostly flat.
“We enjoy the trail between the Fairhope Pier and the Grand Hotel.”
- Daphne: Gator Boardwalk. Parks along the route.
- Fairhope: Public parking at Fairhope Pier and Parking Deck (located behind Hampton Inn on Section Street.
- Mullet Point: South of Fairhope at Mullet Point Park (located at 13201 County Road 1 in Barnwell).