Hiking is a popular activity at St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge. A relaxing form of entertainment and a great form of exercise, the Magnolia hiking trail offers a close-up glimpse of various wildlife species and habitats.
This trail was recently extended and now consists of almost 5 miles of limestone trail. The hills on this trail provide a good source of exercise, while the rookery provides an excellent observation point, as it is a haven for nesting waterfowl. A photoblind at the rookery will allow visitors to view the abundant wildlife with less chance of being seen. The entrance to the trail is located next to the headquarters office on Pintail Lane. There is an additional parking area farther down Pintail Lane that provides access to the Magnolia Trail as well. Visitors are greeted by an information center, which includes general refuge information and maps, regulations, and wildlife observation lists. Download a trail map.
A few of the wildlife species usually observed on this walk will include whitetail deer, turkey, songbirds, squirrels, chipmunks, armadillos, etc. Depending on the time of year you may also encounter various snakes and spiders. Visitors are encouraged to use caution whenever entering wooded areas.