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Check out these great photos! Wildlife and habitat of Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge.
Blackfork Walking Trail
This scenic trail winds through the cypress forest and is marked by white diamond markers.
Friends Group and Partnerships
The refuge partners with Friends of Cat Island Refuge on many important projects that benefit wildlife, the visiting public and surrounding communities.Partnerships
About the Complex
There are three refuges in this complex. The other refuges in the complex are St. Catherine Creek and Bayou Cocodrie.
Cat Island is managed as part of the Lower Mississippi River Refuge Complex.
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About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
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National Champion Bald Cypress Tree
Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge is home to the largest tree of any species east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. At an impressive height of 96 feet, a diameter of 17 feet and a circumference of 56 feet, it is truly a sight to behold. The tree is estimated to be approximately 1,500 years old. Visitors may view the tree by way of the Big Cypress Trail, a .75 mile round-trip trail through a unique mixture of bottomland hardwood forest on flat terrain. Parking is located at the trailhead, which is located 4.6 miles from the main gate. This trail is in a no hunting area and allows only foot traffic.Learn more about the Cypress-Tupelo Swamp
A nocturnal heron of the southern swamps and coasts, the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron can also be found breeding along wooded streams northward to Indiana and Illinois.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jul 29, 2015