Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1994 on the initiative of a group of individuals concerned with the pace of development on the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain. Building on this grass-roots effort, lands for a new refuge were acquired by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service to protect, enhance and manage a valuable wetland ecosystem. Originally 12,000 acres, the refuge has grown to almost 19,000 acres. It comprises the largest undeveloped natural area along the lake

Nice easy hike. The boardwalk is well made. Plenty wildlife even in the winter.

6 months ago

Not bad. A little boring once past the board walk. Also, maybe not the best during the warm months. Sunscreen definitely needed as there isn't much shade.

7 months ago

Nice easy trail. The board walk loops. if you continue following it all the way out, it is the same trail out and back. There is a observation platform maybe 2/3 down the path. Parking is free.

great trail for beginners.

cross country skiing
10 months ago

My dad used to take me as a kid and we'd pick blackberries along the trail. Recently went back and it's still great.

1 year ago

My father and I head out to this trail very often to take pictures of the wild life. It's a very easy trail with a path the entire way, and a wooden boardwalk over the bayou. If you come at sunset the bayou is gorgeous and reflects the beautiful hues of the sky.