The Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge is part of the Gulf Coast Refuge Complex, which includes Grand Bay NWR and Bon Secour NWR. The refuge was established in 1975 under authority of the Endangered Species Act to protect the critically endangered Mississippi sandhill cranes and their unique, and itself endangered, wet pine savanna habitat. The crane population, at that time only 30-35 birds, is currently at approximately 110 birds. Through captive rearing and reintroduction to the area as well as wild birds nesting in the savannas, the crane population continues to grow. The refuge also protects and restores the last large expanses of wet pine savanna, primarily through the use of prescribed fire. The wet pine savanna is one of the most diverse ecosystems in the U.S. with more than 30 plants found in a square meter of land.

Nice short trail with some hills and good views of the bayou.

Beautiful landscape with tropical plants along the river. Easy hike!

Nice trail. Great scenery.

Easy walk with two small dogs beautiful scenery at the Bayou

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Much of the natural land that the trail winds through is being restored. The website was great about setting expectations related to the work they are doing. The views were still pretty and the hike overall was pleasant. Since there are not many other trails in the area, I recommend the trek if you need a quick nature fix.

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Saturday, October 08, 2016

I loved it!! Highly recommend it!

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Nice and short. Holds water in several areas with recent rain.

A nice trail to visit with kids

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Saturday, May 07, 2016

Easy hike, well maintained trail. We didn't see much wildlife but the flora was varied and interesting.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016