Magnolia Trail

Three mile walking trail through loess bluffs that rise above the Homochitto River. The Magnolia Trail traverses various wildlife habitats and topographic features including loess bluffs that rise above the Homochitto River. Visitors who choose the low-lying area of the trail can expect to see numerous mammals, migratory songbirds, and waterfowl. Those who venture on the bluffs can often catch a glimpse of the Mississippi River during flood conditions.

photo: Magnolia Trail at St. Catherine Creek Refuge Type: Nature Trail
Length: 4.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Agency: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge, Sibley MS
States: Mississippi
Counties: Adams
Latitude: 31.34462   Longitude: -91.424

Headquarters of St. Catherine Creek NWR, three miles off Hwy 61, part of the Great River road State Scenic Byway.

Description

The Magnolia Trail accesses a bird rookery with views of herons, egrets, waterfowl, and alligators from a new photography and wildlife observation blind, funded by the Friends of St. Catherine Creek Refuge, the supporting association for St. Catherine NWR. Another popular stop along the trail is the Cypress Knee Overlook which provides the opportunity for diverse wildlife observations, especially during flood conditions.


Just south of Natchez, Mississippi, the refuge and Magnolia Trail serves a broad and diverse population in the southeastern Louisiana-southwestern Mississippi area. Birding and school groups throughout the area use the trail for field trips. Interpretive signs along the trail are used by individuals and families and as educational tools by the many school groups visiting the refuge. Benches have also been placed along the trail for resting areas, spots for picnic lunches, opportunities for photography, wildlife observation, and scenic views.


The Magnolia Trail is truly a community project. Besides its use by the public, it is maintained in excellent condition by the Friends of St. Catherine Creek Refuge, local scout groups, other community service organizations, and the refuge staff. According to Jack Cupit, "Trails such as this not only provide a good source of exercise, but are a true learning experience each time it is walked. We feel this trail is an important attribute to our community due in part to the ffact that is serves as a living classroom for our school children. Children are the future of our country and we feel it is important to inform and educate them about our natural resources and the conservation of habitat and wildlife."



Two new features along the trail include:



1. Kids Fishing Pond and Pier - The trail now takes visitors around our new Kid's Only Fishing Pond, which is wheelchair-accessible. Visitors are also encouraged to walk along the pier not only for fishing, but to view the abundant species of aquatic wildlife.



2. Animal Olympics - Signs have been installed along the trail that allow visitors of all ages to participate in activities that mimick various animals. Those who are interested, may take along an Olympic Game Sheet where they keep track of their activities. Upon their return to the headquarters, a completion certificate will be awarded to the participants of the game.

Additional Details

Width: 60 inches.
Primary Surface: Crushed Rock
Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock

Average Grade: 5%
Elevation Low Point: 50
Elevation High Point: 75
Year Designated: 2005

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Featured NRT page from American Trails

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Information Contact:
Charman Cupit
Friends of St Catherine Creek Refuge
PO Box 217
Sibley , MS 39165
(601) 442-6696
charman_cupit@fws.gov

Trail Management:
Bob Strader
USFWS
PO Box 217
Sibley , MS 39165
(601) 442-6696
bob_strader@fws.gov
http://saintcatherinecreek.fws.gov

 

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