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Cat Island
National Wildlife Refuge

St. Francisville, LA   
E-mail: catisland@fws.gov
Phone Number: (601) 442-6696
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Visitors to Cat Island NWR can view the National Champion baldcypress tree. The tree has a height of 83 feet, a diameter of 17 feet, and a circumference of 56 feet.
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The Blackfork Trail is a 2-1/2 to 3 mile hike (depending on which trails you take). The trail follows along the meandering Blackfork Bayou and has picturesque views of cypress trees. The hike is graded as "easy." It is advised that proper hiking foot wear or rubber boots be worn on hikes most of the year, due to potentially muddy conditions. The trailhead is an approximately 1-3/4 mile drive from the refuge entrance. Future plans will extend this hike for several miles.

The Big Cypress Trail hike leads to the National Champion cypress tree. The trail is covered with gravel and is graded as easy. The tree is located about ½-mile from the parking area (for a total hike of 1 mile). The trailhead is a 5 mile drive from the refuge entrance.

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