Refuge trails give visitors an opportunity to discover different habitats of the refuge: dunes, swales, wetlands, maritime forests and scrub habitats. The trails are open year-round, sunrise to sunset and highlight the unique features of the area. Refuge staff, volunteers and partners offer guided bird walks, dune hikes, and night prowls throughout the year. All refuge trails are designed for foot traffic, bicycles are not allowed.
At this time, all trails are open, however, the Centennial and Gator Lake Trail boardwalks have been closed due to safety concerns. We are working on repairing and replacing these sections, please check back for updates here and on our social media for re-openings.
Explore the transition from maritime forest to dune swales discovering different species of plants and wildlife along the way. This trail connects Jeff Friend Trail and Pine Beach Trail. Rating: Moderate (ground may be wet in some areas).
Walk along a dune ridge and see many species of birds and plants that are typical of this transitional habitat between the maritime forest and the frontal dunes. The end of this trail is at the Lagoon and the Pine Beach Trail intersection.
Explore maritime forest, wetlands and Little Lagoon. Many species of plants and birds can often be seen along this universally accessible trail. Rating: Easy to moderate. This trail is a loop trail and takes approximately 1 hour to enjoy.
Explore the plants and wildlife of an intact dune ecosystem that includes maritime forest, scrub and dune habitats. This unique trail features a saltwater lagoon on one side and a freshwater lake on the other. At the 1 mile marker check out the observation tower for an amazing view of Gator Lake. Rating: moderate to strenuous (some sandy terrain).
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