The Fontainebleau Trail offers a wonderful opportunity for birdwatchers and outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy serenity in piney woods along the bayou. An overlook above the water signals the extension of the trail. Hikers may then retrace steps on the way back to the parking lot, stopping to observe plant and wildlife along the way.
The trail is an easy hike, taking visitors through a variety of wildlife habitats. Along the way, hikers have the opportunity to watch and learn about the rare birds and flora that are native and migratory to the region.
Some simple rules to abide by when visiting Sandhill Crane Fontainebleau Trail include keeping your pets leashed at all times and cleaning up after them. Visitors may hike on designated trails only, and biking is prohibited. Visitors may not hunt or fish on the premises and must keep a safe distance from wildlife at all times. It is against regulation to remove plants, animals, or archaeological material.
From the Refuge Visitor Center, simply go South on Gautier-Vancleave Rd, take a right turn onto US 90, take a left on to Hanshaw Rd, and venture about 7 miles. The trailhead will be on the eastern side of the road, just before you hit Old Spanish Trail road.
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