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Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge

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Short trail but nice

This short trail provides some nice views of various native trees, swamp & wildlife. Parking is... read more

Reviewed July 10, 2018
Jenna W
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Lots of wildlife, but you need a boat

This wildlife refuge was jumping with wildlife--great white herons, blue herons, green herons, red... read more

Reviewed May 11, 2018
Bridgeton, New Jersey
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3599 Bayou Black Dr, Houma, LA 70360-2302
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited the Mandalay Refuge while in Houma for Voice of the Wetlands Music Fest. The path was everything you should expect. little standing water and fair amount of gravel to minimize the "mud"..worth every step when you get to observation platform to see the...More

Thank Tom B
Reviewed July 10, 2018 via mobile

This short trail provides some nice views of various native trees, swamp & wildlife. Parking is limited at the end of an apprix. 1/4 mile gravel road but there is no entrance fee. The path gets a little muddy after a heavy rain so wear...More

3  Thank Jenna W
Reviewed June 29, 2018

This National Wildlife Refuge close to Houma, LA. is not to be missed. Notable for its beautiful cypress stands and birds. Best way to see it is by boat, and I recommend Bayou Woman Adventures in Theriot. Wendy is a fabulous guide. There is also...More

Thank psjii2018
Reviewed May 26, 2018 via mobile

We have visited dozens of National Wildlife Refuges. This wasn’t that great. First of all, you drive down a narrow easement, between two fences. There are welcoming signs saying, “No pedestrians.” And “Do not get out of your car.” Then, at the end of this...More

Thank bureaucrat377
Reviewed May 11, 2018

This wildlife refuge was jumping with wildlife--great white herons, blue herons, green herons, red winged black birds, jumping mullets, numerous alligators of all sizes--plus there is protected plant life such as magnolia, cow lily, tupelo gums, cypress trees, Spanish moss, and many others. However, you...More

Thank CyndyandByron
Reviewed May 1, 2018

We didn't see much wildlife, a couple birds and some lizards but it is a pretty walk and it doesn't take long. Do bring along bug spray.

1  Thank Christine R
Reviewed February 8, 2018

January in Louisiana is not be the best time to see wildlife, and certainly not many blooming plants or flowers. Our luck with weather was at an all-time low on this annual trip. With temperatures dipping into the high 20s (!) at night, our morning...More

Thank Dale B
Reviewed February 3, 2018

We headed out here for a couple of geocaches and hoped to catch some birds, but it was a cool winter day and not many birds around. We did see some white ibis at the boardwalk. The trail is easy, just watch out you don't...More

Thank Nancy B
Reviewed November 7, 2017 via mobile

Located right on Bayou Black Road, this place offers visitors a great diversion from crowds and people. Has some nice trails that a worth a trek. Bring bug spray. Dawn and dusk are best times for creature viewing.

Thank LSUTraveller
Reviewed October 29, 2017

This is a nice area, with lots of mosquitoes, but is a quiet spot in the bayou with a walking trail. Grass is somewhat high but brushy, but the observation deck is nice.

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Tiffany R
July 1, 2017|
Response from DarleneEschete | Reviewed this property |
There is a portion of the trail that could be utilized by a wheelchair, however only when it has not rained and the trail is very dry. The beginning portion up to the covered bridge which is no more than 1/4 mile I think... More
Lorna G
October 18, 2015|
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Response from DarleneEschete | Reviewed this property |
Mandalay is free to walk through the trail. Free parking. The trail is approximately 1 mile to the observation deck overlooking a lake. Be aware that the trail does not loop around. One way to the end then turn around... More