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beauty ideal for birding or other wildlife watching. Overnight primitive camping is available to scout and school groups by reservation.

CAT ISLAND NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

Solitude Road in West Feliciana Parish, St. Francisville

(601) 442-6696

Cat Island is home to the largest tree of any species east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, the National Champion Bald Cypress Tree. At a height of 96 feet, diameter of 17 feet, and circumference of 56 feet, it’s a sight to behold. The refuge is open during daylight hours, except during hunting season. The refuge consists of 10,473 acres and it’s advised you bring an electronic navigation device to help find your way around. Visitor information can be obtained at the St. Francisville Historical Society office, 11757 Ferdinand.

TUNICA HILLS

12075 Parker Road, St. Francisville

(225) 921-0956)

Tunica Hills Wildlife Management Area is a large (5,906 acres), diverse area perfect for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, wildlife viewing, and hunting. Plants and trees are labeled to help educate guests about the unique flora and fauna of the area. Cabins are available for rent, with air conditioning, heaters, and showers.

WEST FELICIANA SPORTS PARK

10226 W. Feliciana Parkway, St. Francisville

(225) 784-8447

The West Feliciana Parish Sports Park has fields and pavilions for baseball, softball, and soccer as well as an archery range and a 7-mile trail for hiking and mountain biking.

BREC COMITE RIVER PARK

8900 Hooper Road, Central

(225) 272-9200

Comite has a six-mile trail, the Kerry Stamey Trail System, popular with area mountainbikers who, when weather permits, organize group rides in the evenings during the week and on weekend mornings. Hikers also enjoy the trails, but as the entrance signs warn, hikers should enter trail backwards to see oncoming cyclists.

WADDILL WILDLIFE REFUGE AND OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTER

4142 N. Flannery Road, Central

(225) 27-8192

Located on 237 acres of hardwood bottomland that borders the Comite River, the area provides teachers of all grade levels an opportunity for their students to explore and experience the natural world. On the property is a classroom, two fishing ponds with piers, picnic pavilion, trails, archery range, and restrooms. Handicap accessible.

BREC HOOPER ROAD PARK

6261 Guynell Drive, Central

(225) 357-7903

More than five miles of bicycle trails wind through the woods and over bluffs within this park. Hooper also has a multi-purpose lighted field, playground, recreation center and unlighted tennis court.

BREC BLACKWATER CONSERVATION

9385 Blackwater Road, Baker

(225) 272-9200

One of BREC’s renowned conservation areas. The naturalized park offers two fishing lakes, nature trails and pavilion with restrooms. The trees on the 57.48 acre site represent native species such as: Bald Cypress, Tupelo, Gum, Cottonwood, River Birch, Red Mulberry, Persimmon, Pines and Oaks.

As a conservation area, BREC urges all to “leave only footprints, take only pictures.”

BREC CENTRAL SPORTS PARK

10501 Lovett Road, Central

(225) 272-9200

Central Sports Park is a new facility containing five softball/ baseball fields with lights, a concession/restroom building, 1/3-mile concrete walking path and a large fishing lake.

BREC SANDY CREEK

21572 Carson Road, Pride

(225) 273-6405; (225) 388-3029

One of BREC’s newest community parks, Sandy Creek is still under development, but currently has trails open to horses, mountain bikers and hikers. Leashed dogs are allowed and owners must pick up after them. No restrooms or running water here yet, so come prepared.

FRENCHTOWN ROAD CONSERVATION AREA

17819 Frenchtown Road, Central

(225) 272-9200

This “land between the rivers” is the largest park and the largest conservation area currently operated by BREC. It is 495 acres of bottomland hardwood forest including small stream forest and spruce pine hardwood-flat wood forest; both of which are locally and globally ranked as rare or imperiled habitats. The property is home to a diverse spread of flora and fauna including several species of state conservation concern and countless migratory birds.

BREC LOVETT ROAD PARK

13443 Lovett Road, Central

(225) 272-9200

Open from sunrise to sunset, this park has multi-use lighted ball fields, indoor basketball courts, playground, recreation center and unlighted tennis courts.

BARN HILL PRESERVE

11370 LA-955, Ethel

(225) 286-3003

Guided “Encounter” tours are offered on this seven-acre preserve where visitors can see dromedary camels, Eurasian lynx, free-flying macaws, servals, and eagle owls.