Thursday, November 13, 2014

Cat Island Hike Info

Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge Cat Island Hike

Saturday, November 22,  2014
9:00 for carpooling
10:30 hike leaves Trail Head.

Come and hike with us at Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge near St Francisville known for its old growth cypress trees.  The weather has cooled a bit. Its a good time for a hike! We will meet at Campus Credit Union at Perkins Rd and Quail Dr for carpooling.  Contact Gwen Pine 272-5207 if you plan to attend. We may need to reschedule or make alternate plans if roads are too wet. The Refuge is home to the largest tree of any species east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.  The tree is a Bald Cypress tree 100 feet tall, 17 feet in diameter, and 53 feet in circumference.  It is estimated to be 800-1000 years old.  However, it is only the largest of many large Bald Cypress and other old growth trees we will see in the Refuge. The leisurely walk to the tree on the Big Cypress trail  is less than a mile round trip.  It is an easy walk because the trail is level and has just been improved.   After viewing the tree and surrounding area, we will head to the 2.8 mile Blackfork Walking Trail to observe other interesting flora and fauna.  If you prefer, you may opt for a shorter walk, or none at all. There are no facilities on Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge.  Bring mosquito repellant.


More information on Cat Island Wildlife Refuge can be found on this website:

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