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0.2 mile 0.3 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 7' 2 m
Descent: -7' -2 m
High: 11' 3 m
Low: 5' 2 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 4% (2°)

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The Seaside Trail provides views of freshwater wetlands and dunes on the way from the parking area to the refuge beach.

Erica Ryder

Features Birding · Wildlife

The Seaside Trail is open all year long as the closest access to the refuge beach from the parking areas.

Need to Know

All visitors must stay on the trail to maintain the fragile dune ecosystem.

Description

The Seaside Trail provides great opportunities to see both freshwater wetlands and the dune ecosystem. The trail starts at the entrance of the smaller of the two parking areas, just to the right of the stop sign. Wooden boardwalk takes visitors through a section shaded by shrubby trees and then through the refuge dunes to the beach.

Fun Fact: The dunes at the wildlife refuge were created by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the late 1930's. The CCC was part of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal program to pull the country out of the Great Depression.

Flora & Fauna

Wax myrtle trees, salt bush, a variety of wetland grasses, American beach grass and sea oats can be seen along this trail.

Turtles, snakes and dragonflies can be seen in the freshwater pond, particularly in the late spring, summer and early fall. Skinks are often seen in the dunes during the heat of the summer.

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