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
It is a rocky road once you are on land. Most of the front end of the trail is pine, somewhat drags on because of how large the road is. Main wildlife to be seen is a diverse range of birds. The back end of the trail is a lot nicer. The scenery changes into a greener forestry. A good marker is 14 which is the first overlook, the second is at the end of the trail. There is hunting and also an educational environment on the trail.
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.