Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Trails

Black Bayou Lake has a trail for everyone!  From wheelchair and stroller accessible trails to primitive hiking and ATV trails, we invite everyone to come explore.

Gas Line ATV Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.51
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Nature Trail

This accessible trail winds through the bottomland forest along the lake edge.
Trail Length (mi)
0.61
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Estimated Time
30 Minutes
Route Type
Loop
Suitability
Dog friendly
Kid friendly
Wheelchair friendly
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Amphitheater Trail

This short spur connects the amphitheater to the Nature Trail.
Trail Length (mi)
0.03
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Estimated Time
2 Minutes
Route Type
Out & back
Suitability
Dog friendly
Kid friendly
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Wildlife Challenge Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.15
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Photo Blind Loop Trail

This short trail provides access to the Photo Blind.
Trail Length (mi)
0.24
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Route Type
Out & back
Suitability
Dog friendly
Kid friendly
Wheelchair friendly
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Prairie Trail

The Prairie Trail is a fully concrete and accessible trail through a small demonstration prairie with native species of grass and flowers.
Trail Length (mi)
0.20
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Route Type
Loop
Suitability
Dog friendly
Kid friendly
Wheelchair friendly
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Arboretum Trail

The Arboretum Trail is a fully concrete and accessible trail winding around the Conservation Learning Center showcasing native trees and shrubs.
Trail Length (mi)
0.38
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Route Type
Loop
Suitability
Dog friendly
Kid friendly
Wheelchair friendly
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Wildlife Pier Trail

The Wildlife Pier is wheelchair and stroller accessible and offers access to wildlife viewing, photography, and other activities in Black Bayou Lake.
Trail Length (mi)
0.39
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Suitability
Dog friendly
Kid friendly
Wheelchair friendly
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Observation Deck Trail

This short trail provides access to the Observation Tower.
Trail Length (mi)
0.07
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Route Type
Out & back
Suitability
Kid friendly
Wheelchair friendly
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Fish Pond Trail

The Edgewater Trail is a more primitive trail but still has various stopping points making it customizable for any distance.  From the Boat Ramp parking lot to the Photo Blind and back is an almost perfect 5K distance and is popular with local runners.  While the trails are kept mowed during the summer, we highly recommend wearing bug spray and/or long pants.  Bring plenty of water no matter the season.  Some sections of the trail may be wet or hold water after rainfall.
Trail Length (mi)
0.71
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Suitability
Dog friendly
Kid friendly
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Edgewater Trail

The Wildlife Challenge Trail is a perfect opportunities for kids to expend some energy while learning about wildlife!  Jump like a cougar, crawl like a bear, and hang like a bat on this short trail located in the boat ramp parking lot.
Trail Length (mi)
5.62
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Estimated Time
30 Minutes
Route Type
Loop
Suitability
Kid friendly
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