Fitness Friday Spotlight | Biking the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail, Orange Beach, Alabama

Festiva destinations are located near some of the best natural areas in the country. The ocean, the mountains, the lakes and rivers of this great country are all nearby and yours for exploring. That’s why we’ve selected these beautiful places as vacation spots.

And while it may be obvious that time off is good for your health, did you know that timeshares themselves make it easy to stay current with your fitness routine while on vacation?

A recent survey from the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) and conducted by research group Leger, found that more than half (54%) of Americans enjoy fitness activities while on vacation, and timeshare owners are leading this group with nine out of 10 stating they perform fitness activities on vacation. In addition to their proximity to fitness-friendly activities, which we’ll discuss shortly, timeshares offer fully equipped kitchens for healthy, local, fresh meals, the square footage needed for a quick in room workout without disturbing others, and longer stays with which to try different fitness activities.

On this Fitness Friday, let’s shine a spotlight on some of the fun family activities near our resort locations that you can do to stay active on your next vacation.

The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail, Orange Beach Alabama

If you’re staying at Festiva’s Palm Beach Resort, hit the beach in the morning, then literally walk across Perdido Beach Boulevard to immerse yourself in the nationally-designated Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail, a 12 mile paved, multi-use bike-friendly path that winds among six distinct ecosystems of the gulf. We loved the simplicity of renting bikes for the family and taking off on the trail for the afternoon, stopping at the boulder park for climbing, marveling at the butterfly garden, or just lazily cruising the wide, flat trail, taking in the scenery. (We used Beach Bike Rentals, right by the trail, $25 per day for a 3 speed beach cruiser.) There are numerous wooden park swings and benches to watch the world go by. Take the connector trail to Gulf State Park and check out the second longest pier on the Gulf of Mexico. The trail also has recently expanded boardwalks that allow you to glide over the sensitive natural areas while silently observing the wetlands. You might see rare pitcher plants, American alligators, gopher tortoises, white-tailed deer, armadillos, raccoons, otters, coyotes, foxes and even bobcats up on Twin Bridges. It’s also a birder’s paradise, with dozens of rare species that call the trail home.



Pat Barcas

Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for Festiva, based in Asheville, NC. In his spare time he enjoys photography, astronomy, hiking, hanging out with his family, and of course, traveling!

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