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Refuge trails offer an amazing diversity of wildlife and habitats.

  • Trails

    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. Download Bon Secour NWR Trail System Map (PDF file).
    Refuge staff, volunteers and partners offer guided bird walks, dune hikes, and night prowls throughout the year.

  • Jeff Friend Trail

    Jeff Friend Trail Boardwalk

    Explore maritime forest, wetlands and Little Lagoon. Many species of plants and birds can often be seen along this  universally accessible trail. Universally accessible Rating: Easy to moderate. Time: 1 hour. Distance: 1 mile Loop.

  • Pine Beach Trail

    Observation Tower Resize

    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). Time: 3 hours. Distance: 4 miles round trip.

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  • Gator Lake Trail

    Gator Lake Trail Vegetation Resize

    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.
    Rating: Moderate (sandy terrain). Time: 2 hours. Distance: 2 miles round trip.

  • Centennial Trail

    Centennial Trail Wetlands

    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). Time: 2 hours. Distance: 2 miles one way.