Explore a variety of southwest Mississippi habitats when you and Fido hit the Magnolia Trail in Sibley! Located on St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge, this trail is actually a trail complex covering a total of 8.3 miles. Suitable for hikers of all ages and abilities, the Magnolia Trail is one of the best ways to experience the refuge, so leave your car at the north or south trailheads and start walking!
A designated National Recreation Trail, the Magnolia Trail Complex is nestled in the southeastern section of the 25,000-acre refuge, weaving through native wetlands, bluff hills, and loess. Several species call the refuge home, so you may encounter deer, turkey, songbirds, and small mammals during your hike. Tip: stay as quiet as possible to increase your chances of seeing them! For the patient wildlife enthusiast, there are photo blinds available along the south trailhead. If you and Fido are traveling with children, start at the north trailhead, which features an “Animal Olympics” segment. There are 14 activity stations that teach kids about local wildlife in a fun way, and participants may obtain a completion certificate at the visitor center afterward.
Wherever you begin, you'll find benches scattered at intervals along the trail, offering spots to rest and take in your surroundings. Other highlights include a cypress overlook, observation deck, and bird rookery. Since the trail complex is set in a no-hunting zone and only open to foot traffic, expect to be in for a peaceful nature hike with your pooch.
So that everyone has a pawsitive time on the Magnolia Trail Complex, observe good trail petiquette and keep your furry buddy on a leash at all times. This is also to ensure that your pup doesn't disturb any of the plants. Of course, don't forget to pick up after them if they do their business. Enjoy the great outdoors of southwest Mississippi with Fido on the Magnolia Trail!
Bring insect repellent, especially when visiting during spring and fall. Sunscreen is a must, too.