Fort Morgan Beach

White sand beach
150 AL-180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542, USA
32 miles from Mobile, AL
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Beach amenities

  • SunbedsBeach chairs available
  • ParkingCar parking nearby
  • WCPublic restrooms nearby
  • ShowerPublic showers available
  • Changing roomsDressing rooms on the beach
  • Gear rentalsEquipment for rent
  • RestaurantsF&B places nearby
  • Pet friendlyBring your little friends!
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About this beach

Warnings and hazards

Special rules for pet-owners – read below!

Fort Morgan is situated at Mobile Bay, which is an inlet at the Gulf of Mexico. The fort played an important role during the War of 1812 and the American Civil War and is listed as a National Historic Landmark.

This was our first time staying in Fort Morgan and we loved it. We stayed for over a week and enjoyed every bit of the vacation. We came here right after our short visit to Dauphin Island, but in contrast, we saw big waves for the majority of the time. Somebody said that Ft. Morgan is a great place for people who used to enjoy Destin before its beaches became way too popular.

Fort Morgan consists of small homes for the most part, but we stayed at a 3 story condo, which had an outdoor and an indoor pool.

The beach views are fantastic! Fort Morgan is somewhat secluded, so stock up on groceries and supplies, as the very few small-sized local grocery stores are rather expensive.

Beach access and parking

Unfortunately, there seems to be a lot of misleading and ever-changing information about public beach access in the Fort Morgan area. Let's clear things up!

According to the information provided to us by the HOA, there are only 3 nearby official public beach access points: Our Road, Mobile Street, and an unnamed road near the Fort (labeled as Ft. Morgan Fishing Beach in the Rookery HOA information).

There is no parking lot on Our Road, but there are areas along the side of it that do not have "No Parking" signs. We used to park along the side of the road along with several other cars when going to the beach and no one got any fines.

Mobile Street has a parking lot.

The unnamed road near Fort Morgan is in terrible shape. We were only able to drive down it for a few minutes before having to back out since there was no room for turning around. If you are riding bikes (or a Hummer) you will get to the beach OK though.

There is public beach access at the end of most of the public roads along Ponce de Leon. It is a small paved road that runs parallel to the beach between the beach-facing front houses and the second tier houses. There are other public beach accesses in between the streets but there is not a lot of room for parking.

Hours

There are a bunch of signs around the site saying the grounds, beach, and fishing are open from 8 AM to 5 PM each day. Indeed, the gates to the actual fort close at 5 PM. BUT this does not apply to the public beaches or beaches in front of rental homes or condos.

Food and restaurants

There are some restaurants down Ft. Morgan Road. Gulf Shores, obviously, has a much larger selection of F&B spots, so your driving time really depends on where you are staying in Fort Morgan.

We stopped at a welcome center, and the staff showed us a couple of nice restaurants that were close to where we were staying.

If you’re cooking, check out the Sassy Bass Market. It has fresh fish and a nice grocery store. Fresh Market Seafood is the place you want to go to for fresh seafood in Fort Morgan. This local market is fun to go to even if you're not planning on buying any fish at all!

Pets

Of all the Gulf Coast vacation options, Fort Morgan is said to be one of the most dog-friendly destinations. You can stay in one of the designated dog-friendly beach houses. 

Fort Morgan’s beach area between the Engineer’s Wharf and fishing pier allow dogs if they are leashed. The pet-friendly beach starts after fate and runs parallel to the main road.

Be cautious of the permitted areas since the city will instate a fine for pets who wander off the authorized pet zones.

Basically, dogs are allowed on virtually all of the Fort Morgan beaches within the city limits, as long as they are leashed, and including the Fort. But NOT in Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge.

Overall

If you are trying to avoid spring breakers, consider staying at The Beach Club (https://thebeachclub.spectrumresorts.com) – it is very family oriented. As for water conditions, we have found the water at The Beach Club to be very similar if not identical to the water in Gulf Shores. But, The Beach Club is about 10 miles from the end of the peninsula and the water will most certainly change as you get closer toward the opening of Mobile Bay.

Hotels and rentals

If you're considering staying for one or even a few nights, there are plenty of options available near the beach. Chose your preferred accomodation type and your favourite room provider:

Beaches nearby

Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Fort Morgan Beach which you can visit:

Beach reviewed by:
Johan and Mary
Photos from Google Maps
photo by Don Beardphoto by Fort Morgan Beach Rentalsphoto by Leah Eplingphoto by Leah Eplingphoto by Leah Eplingphoto by Leah Eplingphoto by Leah Eplingphoto by Niana Twainphoto by Off The Hook Chartersphoto by Jason Chesnut
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Visitor questions:

Question: are golf carts allowed on the beachs anwhere in alabama
Asked by sandra difiore 4 months ago
Answer: On most Alabama beaches, it is prohibited to drive any vehicles including golf carts. However, check Kiva Dunes Resort and Golf on Fort Morgan Peninsula — this is the only golf course in Alabama located in close proximity to the beach. Please connect with the resort administration for more information.
Question: Are there jellyfish in the water currently and what color of flags are out each day?
Asked by Jeanie Hollis 2 months ago
Answer: Unfortunately, there are no data available about jellyfish and flag color. To get the information, please call the local administration +12515405257.
Question: We want to come to Fort Morgan but we have 5 kids and the youngest is a toddler. We have a beach home in Fort Morgan that we rented. It’s not on the beach but maybe one tier away. How crowded are the beaches in Fort Morgan area right now well as of today?
Asked by jasmine flores about 2 months ago
Answer: Fort Morgan area features a very long beach strip that rarely gets overcrowded. You will definitely find a place for you and all of your kids. The beach gets considerably wider in the west of the island where there's a spacious cape. Should you be eager to go there by car, drive to the west along Fort Morgan Road, turn left to No-Name Street and leave your car at the end of this road. You can either stay here or walk about 1,5 miles to the west until you reach the cape. Mind you that it can be difficult to drive a baby carrier if you need one for your toddler: the beach is sandy and features no boardwalks.

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