Interpretive sign on natural trail boardwalk in forest
The Ridge Trail

This site has restrooms and a picnic pavilion, and is the most popular access point on the refuge. A 2/3 mile-long interpretive boardwalk loop trail provides views of bottomland hardwood forest and marsh habitats. The Ridge Trail is located on US 90 two miles west of the US 11/US 90 junction. . 

Roads and Levees

It is also possible to hike the roads and levees within the refuge. The road just behind the gate at the end of Crabbing Bridge Road accesses a walkable levee that leads to Lake Pontchartrain.  

  • The refuge has little shade and can be buggy much of the year. Be sure to bring drinking water, insect repellent, and sunscreen
  • Feeding alligators is prohibited. Encouraging gators to approach humans as a source of food is dangerous for people and pets and unhealthy for the alligators 
  • Do not leave valuables in your vehicle
  • Pets must be on a leash
  • Please help keep your waterways and refuge clean and healthy — pack it in, pack it out
  • For safety reasons, all areas of the refuge located outside the hurricane protection levee are closed to public entry from Nov.1 -  31 until after 12 noon, and during the state teal season. The closure does not apply during that time to youth waterfowl hunting, which is allowed until 12 noon during that period.