If you are ever in Houma, Louisiana, Mandalay Wildlife refuge is a great spot to check out. The majority of the wildlife refuge is only accessible by boat, but there is a mile long nature trail that you can hike without a boat. It’s a great way to get to view the very unique Louisiana swamp ecosystem and there’s tons of cool animals you can see there. The trailhead is down a long gravel road that connects to Bayou Black Drive. You will see a sign for the nature trail if you’re heading west (from Houma). The gravel road will be on your left. You’ve gone too far if you pass the bridge that goes over Bayou Black to Cannon’s Boat Launch. There is a lot of wildlife you can spot here from the trail. Here’s a collection of pictures from a recent hike in Manadalay Wildlife Refuge.
Walking under all the Spanish moss in the woods is a really cool experience.
There were a lot of these spiders. At least they help keep the bugs down!
When you reach the end of the trail, you will come to a boardwalk that leads out to a nice observation deck. This is a great spot to sit and watch for birds, gators, and tons of other wildlife.
We ran into another snake on the walk back. This guy is non-venomous though.
As you can see from the pictures, there is tons of wildlife to see if you keep your eyes open. The trail in Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge definitely has a jungle feel to it. I highly recommend getting out there and doing this quick hike! Questions or Comments? Let us know in the comments below!