Refuge trail closing Oct. 1 for winter hunting season

Now’s the time to take advantage of cooler days and visit the Palmetto Trail on the Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge before it closes for the season.

The Friends of Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge urge the public to enjoy the trail before the end of September. The trail will be closed from Oct. 1 to Jan. 31 during the refuge hunting season.

The hiking trail on the Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge is about 2.5 miles in length. It is located on Janet E. Road just off of the U.S. 90 service road east of Franklin.

The trail was once an old oilfield location that had returned to the wild. There is parking at the trailhead, and orange trail markers guide the way through a beautiful wetland forest. It is an excellent resource for outdoor enthusiasts and can be used for hiking, photography, birding, recreation and exercise. Future plans include adding interpretive signs so that visitors can easily identify the vegetation in the area to learn more about the refuge’s natural resources.

For more information on the trail contact Donovan Garcia at

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