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Plan Your Visit

Plan Your VisitGravel roads provide an easy way to tour the refuge and access hiking trails.

Visitor Center

831 Highway 446
Boyle, MS 38901
Phone: (662) 742-9331
Fax: (662) 742-3378
 

Hours: The refuge is open from sunrise to sunset. During hunting season, hunters may enter the refuge two hours before sunrise and must exit two hours after sunset, except during raccoon and frog hunts. 

Directions

To Visitor Center: Refuge properties lie north and south of Highway 446. Refuge headquarters are located on the north side of Highway 446, eleven miles west of Highway 61 and four miles east of Highway 1. This building is not currently staffed.

To Administration Office: The refuge is administered by the North Mississippi National Wildlife Refuge Complex, which is located at 2776 Sunset Drive, Grenada, MS 38901. From I-55, take exit 206 for Grenada. Head west on MS 8 and the office is approximately one mile on the north side of the highway.

Points of Interest

Popular activities at the refuge include wildlife observation, hiking, wildlife photography, and hunting. There is a butterfly garden at the headquarters building that provides an easily accessible opportunity for viewing a variety of butterflies and other pollinators, including hummingbirds. 

For those visitors wishing to stretch their legs, the refuge offers several hiking trails. The Herbert Nature Trail is a 0.9 mile loop that meanders along the banks of Happy Hollow Lake and features an observation tower at its midpoint, which provides views of a meadow and reforestation area. Another popular trail is the Pawpaw Trail. This 0.5 mile one-way trail takes visitors through a bottomland hardwood forest and terminates at a blind, a special cover to hide from wildlife. Here, photographers of all skill levels can observe and photograph wildlife that is drawn to the waters of the Stillwater bayou tributary. Visitors can see wood ducks, prothonotary warblers, hooded mergansers, red-eared sliders and many other species. Eleven unmowed hiking trails are also scattered throughout the refuge and range in length from 0.1 to 2.5 miles.

Please note that gated roads providing access to most of the unmowed trails are open from mid-September through May 1.

Know Before You Go

To make your visit safe and enjoyable, we recommend you prepare for your trip to Dahomey National Wildlife Refuge by bringing plenty of drinking water, insect repellant, and sunscreen. Comfortable footwear and long pants are recommended when hiking, as trails can have uneven terrain, and poison ivy and thorny vegetation is common along the sides of trails. Hiking is best in the morning and evening when wildlife is most active and conditions are cooler.

Please watch your step, as venomous snakes and other wildlife can be found on hiking trails and roads. It is illegal to harass or injure any wildlife (including snakes) while on the refuge. 

All visitors must wear hunter orange during hunting season (October – April) when hiking. Herbert Nature Trial and Pawpaw Trail are located in areas closed to hunting.

Please note that gated roads providing access to most of the un-mowed trails are open from mid-September through May 1.

Page Photo Credits — Gravel road by Amber Breland/USFWS
Last Updated: Jan 17, 2014
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