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.

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11 days ago

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1 month ago

Took my 2 children they got a tad bored. But trail was nicely kept. It was a easy trail.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

very good beginner hike however watch the gravel road. it hurts after a while

3 months ago

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

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3 months ago

10 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.

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10 months ago

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11 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.

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1 year 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.

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2 years 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.