Foley’s Graham Creek Nature Preserve is home to hundreds of plant and wildlife species, among almost 500 acres of natural habitats including pine savannas, bottomland wetlands, mixed forests and tidal marshes situated less than 2 miles from the Foley Beach Express. It is located at 23460 Wolf Bay Drive on Stan Mahoney Lane. The Preserve offers a canoe/kayak launch with a 2 mile paddle to Wolf Bay. Our extensive trail system has been updated, including 5 mile hiking trail, 7.5 mile bicycling trail, 5K cross country trail, 2 mile walking trail, two separate 18 basket disc golf courses, picnic areas, swings and bird watching areas. Trails cross multiple habitats where visitors can see rare carnivorous plants and wildflowers year round. The park area also boasts large populations of wildlife and birds who make the preserve their home, designating Graham Creek Nature Preserve as as official stop on the Alabama Bird Watching Trail. With clean comfortable restroom facilities and outdoor showers, the Preserve offers groups a unique meeting facility under the 2400 square foot Pavilion, as well as other rental space for wedding, parties or other private events. Hours are dawn until dusk daily. You can access a schedule of facility rental fees, regulations and application forms HERE.
Amenities include the Indoor/Outdoor Interpretive Center and the popular Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom and Learning Stations. These are great play and learning areas that are incorporated into the educational programs for preschool through high school where environmental education is mixed with culture, history and imagination. A stage area (with power) is included near the outdoor classroom for large events. New mountain biking trails are completed (off of Philomene Holmes Blvd on the southwest side of the Preserve). A public archery park is located near the Preserve entrance as well.
The Preserve is now home to a growing number of outdoor athletic competition such as outdoor obstacle runs, archery tournaments, disc golf tournaments and cycling events — many organized and managed by our sister City of Foley division, FoleySportsTourism.com