Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge Travel Guide

  • Bon Secour NWR Visitors Center
    Bon Secour NWR Visitors Center
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  • Gulf of Mexico Waterfront
    Gulf of Mexico Waterfront
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  • Jeff Friend Hiking Trail
    Jeff Friend Hiking Trail
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Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge Things to Do

  • Meet the People

    One of the things that I always enjoy doing is meeting the locals and my fellow travelers. This is Ranger Jackie, a turtle expert who works at the refuge.

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  • Oil Platforms

    This is one of the oil drilling platforms in the gulf (not a deep water one like the one that was leaking).

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  • Beaches

    There are some nice beaches for sunning (although not the day I was there, it was cloudy and cold) or wading in the water.

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  • Maritime Forest Areas

    The areas inside the refuge are home to a variety of plant and animal life. The maritime forests consist of Oak Hammocks and Pine Flatwoods. These forests are very important in protecting the barrier islands, and the coast beyond, during hurricanes and other storms. They are also home to animals like the Yellow Warbler, the Indigo Bunting, the...

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  • Birdwatching

    A number of shore birds and other birds migrate through the area. There are birdhouses set up throughout the refuge to house these birds.

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  • Visitors Center

    Stop by the Visitors Center just off Highway 180 to get a map of the refuge and brochures/other information to help you enjoy your stay.

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Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge Warnings and Dangers

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    by Basaic Written Aug 16, 2010

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    Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge used to be a popular spot for nude use; but nudity is now prohibited here.

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Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge Sports & Outdoors

  • Pine Beach Trailhead

    The Pine Beach Trail leads down to the beach part of the refuge and is only open to hikers; no horses or bikes. The trail is relatively short and easy but is not handicapped accessible. Comfortable hiking shoes, water, sunscreen, a hat, insect repellant.

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  • Jeff Friend Hiking Trail

    The Jeff Friend Hiking Trail is an easy 1 mile loop trail. It is one of the Centennial Trails and leads to the Pine Beach Trail 2 miles away. Comfortable hiking shoes, water, sunscreen, a hat, insect repellant.

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