ElevationAscent: 7' 2 m
Descent: -7' -2 m
High: 11' 3 m
Low: 5' 2 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 4% (2°)
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“The Seaside Trail provides views of freshwater wetlands and dunes on the way from the parking area to the refuge beach.”— Erica Ryder
Fun Fact: The dunes at the wildlife refuge were created by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the late 1930's. The CCC was part of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal program to pull the country out of the Great Depression.
Turtles, snakes and dragonflies can be seen in the freshwater pond, particularly in the late spring, summer and early fall. Skinks are often seen in the dunes during the heat of the summer.
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Dec 31, 1969: "Dragonflying" is Taking Off
Dec 31, 1969: Youth in the Great Outdoors
Apr 8, 2013: Busy Time on Refuge Web Cams