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Was expecting to see more of the marsh/seashore. The kids did enjoy seeing the wildlife.

1 month ago

great little nature walk short and easy enough for kids the route I took put me around 3 miles the ccc lookout spur was hard to follow after the first sign describing the ruins so I would turn around there on future walks

Walked the trail! A few different variations you can take on it. Very pretty walk, though a lot of it is on the road. Fun time!

Love the nature trails here. Beautiful place

To much of the trail is on the road side. Not a fun trail at all.

A fairly flat hike mostly along the side of a road. A couple of short dirt spur trails take you into the woods away from the road. A couple of bridges offer nice bayou views and therefore good wildlife viewing. It would be a nice hike if it wasn't for the close proximity of the road.

I completed this hike on Black Friday with my mom and dad to participate in opt outside. We could not have asked for better weather. Unfortunately most of the trail is on the side of the road. There are a few nice overlooks and shady areas through the woods displaying some fall foliage. We saw a few birds, turtles, and just a moderate amount of people along the trail. The information center was nice and clean. I wish there were more trails in the woods but I wouldn’t mind going back for a kayak tour.

This is a great place to take the kids out for an easy hike! Simple yet satisfying!

Nice easy trail. This trail offers several opportunities for wildlife watching and wildflowers. Watch out for the alligators in the marsh areas.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

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

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

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

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Nice trail. Great scenery.

Nice trails and campgrounds!

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Easy walk with two small dogs beautiful scenery at the Bayou

Enjoyable. Part of trail is along the street (Booo!), but remainder of trail was through wooded areas and pleasant. I liked that the bayou overlook was on a wooden platform so I was elevated and the view was good.

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Dog friendly and easy well marked trails, be sure to stop in the visitors center very helpful and informative. Wonderful program for children, can't wait to bring my grandson.

It is a beautiful place to see, a wonderful first time hike with the kids.

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

The area is beautiful, although be warned, much of the hiking "trail" runs along the side of the road through the park. But there is a short loop that winds through some beautiful shady areas along the bank of the bayou. If you want to see an alligator, it's a great place to check out. Off of the fishing pier and over the marsh, you can also see a beautiful sunset.

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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.

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Not great for hiking. But amazing camp sites, facilities. Gonna bring the boat back.

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.

Fun local trail.

Great location and fun for the kids to run around. Love the picnic areas and the water views.

Beautifully kept. Friendly staff & great info center.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Really fun trail! Took my 3 year old with me to wear him out a little and he had a good time. The area was very clean and well laid out. Had no problems with the trail we even had the opportunity to see a few animals.

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Awesome little trail! Didn't get a chance to check out the displays as we arrived right at closing time. Will definitely go back for a longer trek.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

I live nearby and hike this trail often with my family. I've yet to map it or time it with the GPS, but it's a good trail for a short outing with lots of interest for it's relatively small size. I will add these at a later date. The trail is very well maintained and each year since we've discovered it the Fish & Wildlife Service has expanded and improved it. This year they have added several markers which describe the terrain, plant & wildlife. The trail also features two observation decks overlooking Davis bayou and also has a few rest benches scattered throughout the trail. This time of year is an especially good time to visit the trail as well due to the native Honeysuckle Azalea blooming. Also be sure to look for the Southeastern Five-lined Skink that makes his home in the hole of an oak along the trail. You'll have to sneak up on him though as he's pretty shy. If you're really lucky then you will get a chance to view some of the endangered Sandhill Cranes. You won't be able to miss them if they are out there, they are quite large.

This trail is considered a loop trail, but also has what I'd call a tail. The tail is where you will find the azaleas and is a bit more rugged than the loop, but still quite manageable. There are a couple of points where you will have to navigate over brooks that feed down to the bayou, but they are easy to cross. The tail ends when you see the 12' wide fire lane that is cut through the forest. I would not recommend following the fire lane, while it does have an abundance of picture plants, these can also be seen on the back side of the loop and the fire lane often flooded.

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