Indian Shell Mound State Park is located on the islands northern shore and is maintained by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Marine Resources Division. This ll-acre site, densely populated with live oaks, represents a botanical wonder found on no other Gulf barrier island. Plant species here have been found as far inland as the Appalachian Mountains and as far south as the Yucatan.
During the spring of 2001, DIBS purchased four lots west of Shell Mound Park , adjacent to the special area known as the Bee Tree, an ancient live oak and a refuge for migrants seeking shelter. In 2010 DIBS purchased the four lots at 800 Cadillac Ave., just west of the park entrance.