Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Conserving the Nature of America

Trails at Grand Bay NWR

Wildlife observation is a popular activity at Grand Bay NWR. Viewing opportunities include wintering flocks of ducks and wading birds in the bayou, songbirds in the trees and shrubs, and harriers and hawks hunting over the savanna. The refuge also has two established trails on the refuge.

 

Oak Grove Trail

This birding trail is just off Bayou Heron Road, south of the headquarters building. The trail is a featured stop along the Mississippi Coastal Birding Trail.

Expect to see various songbirds such as scarlet tanagers, warblers and more on the trail. The landscape of the trail is also a treat with oak maritime forest intermingled with pine flatwoods. Wildflowers draw butterflies such as the zebra swallowtail onto the trail.

The trail is a switchback, ending as the landscape begins to transition into the wetter habitats leading into the bayou.

This trail is open during daylight hours only.

Oak Grove Trail

Escatawpa Trail

Escatawpa Trail

This trail system is part boardwalk and part gravel. 3 options are available, including a boardwalk/gravel loop that is fully accessible for visitors. Several benches are available along the trail as well as an overlook at the Escatawpa River.

The trail is located at the Mississippi State Welcome Center. Coming from Alabama, get off I-10 at the welcome center. Coming from western Mississippi, use exit 75 and go north under the interstate and follow I-10 west to the welcome center.

A kiosk at the trailhead shows the different trail options with lengths or go inside the Welcome Center to pick up a trail map.

This trail is open during daylight hours only.

 

There are 2 additional trails nearby on the Mississippi Sandhill Crane NWR.