Trails

The refuge is primarily accessed by watercraft. On the Louisiana side of the refuge there are two locations with hiking trails. The Pearl River Turnaround Fishing Pond has a short interpretive boardwalk trail, and the Holmes Bayou Trail has a 1.4 mile-long out and back hike. 

Holmes Bayou Trail

This easy, out and back trail is a grassy road that travels 1.4 miles round-trip through the forest to an overlook of Holmes Bayou. This is a good place to look for warblers during migration. Spring can be wet; fall offers the best hiking conditions. Located off I-59 approximately 15 miles north of Slidell, LA. Take Exit 11/Pearl River Turnaround. Follow Honey Island Swamp Rd. on the west side of the highway approximately 4 west miles to the trailhead.
Trail Length (mi)
0.79
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Route Type
Out & back
Trail Activities
Birding
Fishing
Suitability
Kid friendly
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Pearl River Turnaround Trail

At the Pearl River Turnaround Fishing Access Site you'll find a disabled-accessible fishing pier, a picnic pavilion, and this short boardwalk trail that winds through a bottomland forest and skirts the edge of a fishing pond. Look for birds, turtles, and alligators. Whistling dicks are often seen nesting in boxes along the shoreline, and some years there is a rookery of egrets that nests on a island in the pond. This site may be flooded in late May and early June. The Jim Schmidt Interpretive Boardwalk is located at the Pearl River Turnaround fishing access site, off LA I-59 approximately 15 miles north of Slidell, LA. Take Exit 11/Pearl River Turnaround and follow the highway frontage road on the east side south to the Bogue Chitto Refuge fishing pond entrance. 
Trail Length (mi)
0.19
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Route Type
Loop
Trail Activities
Birding
Fishing
Suitability
Kid friendly
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