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7.1 mile 11.5 kilometer loop
100% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

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Ascent: 10' 3 m
Descent: -9' -3 m
High: 2' 1 m
Low: 0' 0 m

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An inclusive run through the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge with great views of wetlands and a variety of birds.

Ben Rosenberg

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Closed at sundown.

Overview

This run takes you through an amazing habitat of wetlands and lakes that has become the habitat to a wide variety of birds and other wildlife. Located within the city limits of New Orleans, it is a true urban jewel.

Description

Beginning at the gravel parking lot, head onto the boardwalk just past the bathrooms. Enjoy this wooden path with a variety of informational plaques and pedestals. This wooden boardwalk will deliver you to a gravel path atop the levy.

Turn right and follow this levy-top trail to begin a nice out-and-back run. Enjoy a number of vignettes overlooking wetlands and lakes to the sides of the trail. I would highly recommend this path for bird watching. The local literature (available for free at the parking area) suggests that there are over 255 species to be seen throughout the year.

Flora & Fauna

Wetlands, marsh, lakes, and birds, birds, birds!

There are also tracks of wild hogs and other small mammal scat.

History & Background

Herons and egrets silhouetted against a city skyline—25,000 acres of fresh and brackish marsh nestled entirely within the city limits of New Orleans makes Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge the nation's largest urban refuge. Established in 1986, the area is directly influenced by the man-made levee system that surrounds the city.

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Feb 24, 2018
Katey Blagden
Good run out of the city and easy to navigate/find. Beware of snakes on the path! 6.2mi — 1h 00m

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