Trails

The refuge has two hiking trails which are solely open to hikers and are closed to hunting. The most popular and easiest hike is the Big Cypress Trail which goes to a giant bald cypress tree. 

Three ATV trails are open to all users and are frequented by hunters and anglers. ATVs and UTVs may be used for hunting and fishing access only, must stay on designated roads and trails, and may not ride on flooded roads or trails on the refuge.

ATV Trails

Blue Goose ATV Trail: 1.5 miles.  ATVs are allowed on the first 3/4 mile of the trail. The remainder of this trail is wet year-round and skirts along a ditch.  This trail is primarily used by hunters. 

Wood Duck ATV Trail: This 2.5 mile-long trail is frequented by anglers and hunters. Two borrow pits adjacent to the trail provide great fishing for freshwater species (white perch, etc.). This is a popular hunting trail for squirrel and small game hunters.

Riverside Trail: 2.0 miles. This trail parallels the Mississippi River. ATVs are allowed on entire trail, but flooding can create accessibility issues. There is a bridge that limits ATV access approximately 3/4 mile down the trail.  From that point forward access is by foot only.
 

Blue Goose ATV Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.87
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1st Fishing Hole Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.65
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2nd Fishing Hole Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.08
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Riverside ATV Trail

Trail Length (mi)
3.44
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Wood Duck ATV Trail

Trail Length (mi)
1.53
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Blackfork Trail

The 2.5 mile-long Blackfork Walking Trail is located 1.7 miles from the main gate. This relatively flat, easy trail is marked by white diamonds. The scenic trail splits around a short loop following Blackfork Bayou and winding through spectacular old growth cypress forest. This trail is in a no hunting area and allows foot traffic only. The Blackfork Walking trail was created and is maintained by volunteers from the Louisiana Hiking Club.  
Trail Length (mi)
2.21
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Route Type
Lollipop
Suitability
Kid friendly
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Big Cypress Trail

This flat .75 mile round-trip hiking trail is located 4.6 miles from the main gate. This easy trail winds through a bottomland hardwood forest in a no hunting area. This trail leads to an impressively large bald cypress tree estimated to be about 1500 years old.  At a height of 96 feet, a diameter of 17 feet, and a circumference of 56 feet, it is truly a sight to behold. 
Trail Length (mi)
0.39
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Route Type
Out & back
Suitability
Kid friendly
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