If you’ve taken a walk on our beaches in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach chances are you’ve noticed signs promoting Leave Only Footprints. And you may have seen the program mentioned on social media and other publications. So… what’s it all about?
Leave Only Footprints is a collaborative effort to raise awareness and participation in green initiatives and Leave No Trace behaviors among visitors to and residents of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
Effective in 2016, the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach ask that you please remove all your personal items from the beach one hour after sunset.
Pack up the beach chairs, gather the beach toys, fold and carry out the tent, and recycle or throw away all trash in a designated receptacle. All abandoned items will be removed for the protection of our beaches, local wildlife, and the many visitors we want to enjoy our clean coast for generations to come.
Learn more about the beach usages policies in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach.
Turtle nesting season takes place along Alabama’s white-sand beaches from May through October.
Follow these guidelines to help protect both the female sea turtles and their hatchlings during this time: