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MORE THINGS TO DO WHILE YOU... Enjoy Your Visit! PARKS NATURE TRAILS Cadillac Square Park While in many ways the whole of Dauphin Island is a form of nature trail, the 137 acres of the Audubon Bird Sanctuary is without a doubt the crown jewel. In fact, the three-mile trail system within the Sanctuary has been designated as a Na- tional Recreational Trail. Here you can watch the migrating birds drop in for a visit, discover butterflies, fish, unique fauna and perhaps even an alligator throughout the maritime for- est, marshes, and dunes, which include a lake, a swamp, and a beach. The Sanctuary is located on the eastern end of the island. The trails are well maintained with information and warning signage and several benches throughout. This is a beautiful park, rich in local history. The live oak trees throughout this historic site are all that remain of the home of Governor Cadillac and the capital of the Louisiana Territory. The park provides picnic tables and bathrooms for the general public. It is also a central location for access to the island-long bike path. Magnolia Park This is a very small, pedestrian-access only roadside park lo- cated between the ferry landing and Historic Fort Gaines. Originally designed to give walk-on visitors from the ferry a shaded spot to picnic and cool off, it has also bike path access. Besides picnic tables and benches, a porch swing hanging from a large magnolia limb is also provided. Quarles Skate Park Whether you are young, or just young at heart, grab your board and head out for our new skate park! Salt Creek Park Located on Bienville Boulevard this quaint little park has a nice gazebo for the parents and a playground for the kids. Also, you are just steps away from the wooden bridge crossing the creek which is a big hit with kids and grown-ups alike. Pryor Park Located at 1301 Chaumont Ave.  Pull up a seat on one of the benches and relax... sit, read, or just watch the beautiful birds. Green Park Located on Lemoyne Drive, Green Park is a place to take a quiet break and enjoy the beautiful oak trees. 20 ALABAMA COASTING’S DAUPHIN ISLAND LIFE 2019 For a beach walk with a twist, head to Pelican Island. No lon- ger an island thanks to time, tides, storms and hurricanes, it’s a sandy peninsula that juts out a mile and half into the Gulf (depending on the tide). You’ll be joined on your walk by dol- phins and pelicans playing just off shore. Pelican Island is part of the main “Public Beach” located in the center of the island. Finally, for a nature respite without the miles of trails, there are several small parks or preserves dotted around the island. Shell Mound Park is located on the northern shore near the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Marine Resources Division, which manages the site. The 11 acres of subtropical natural wonder house oyster shell mid- dens (mounds) which date to the Mississippian period (1100 to 1550). A little further to the east is Goat Tree Reserve. According to local legend, these large Live Oaks with limbs reaching out as far as 50 feet from the trunk and almost par- allel to the ground served as shelter for the island’s wild goats that climbed the trees at night so they could rest protected from roaming alligators. While the goats are long gone, the trees and the 10-acre site still provide a quiet refuge and na- ture retreat.