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Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge

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Come See The Henslow Sparrow And The Prothonotary Warbler!

My wife and I stopped here this April on our way to Florida. The Mississippi Sandhill Crane NWR is... read more

Reviewed 30 April 2018
New York Mills, MN, United States
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Mississippi Sandhill Crane NWR protects some of the last remaining wet pine savanna, habitat for... read more

Reviewed 30 March 2018
Raleigh, North Carolina
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7200 Crane Ln, Gautier, MS 39553-2500
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

My wife and I stopped here this April on our way to Florida. The Mississippi Sandhill Crane NWR is located in southeastern Mississippi near the town of Gautier. It was established in 1975 under authority of the Endangered Species Act to protect the critically endangered...More

Thank BluegooseTraveler
Reviewed 8 April 2018

We got there after the visitor's center had closed so all we did was to walk the short trail by the parking lot. Nice trail with flowers and saw palmetto and bogs. Probably other trails as well, but we didn't get to find out.

Thank SCDad
Reviewed 30 March 2018

Mississippi Sandhill Crane NWR protects some of the last remaining wet pine savanna, habitat for the critically endangered Mississippi subspecies of sandhill crane. It's just a half mile of I-10 in Gautier, so a nice spot for a break from driving. I was driving across...More

Thank jmpncsu
Reviewed 4 March 2018

Nesting season closes the areas where the birds can be watched. They had closed the area the day before we arrived. We still enjoyed the museum and small hiking trail through the pine savannah. Wildflowers were starting to pop so I switched from my long...More

Thank MichealWhelan
Reviewed 14 February 2018

Well done visitor center, good background on Sandhill Crane ecology and related habitat - well worth the visit whether sandhill cranes around or not. One can go here in the rain, but need rain gear - all outdoors! Trail takes loops through different habitats, take...More

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Reviewed 11 February 2018

went a couple of times,, sometimes closed, nice place to get history, very friendly,, tell you where to see the cranes, will go back

Thank pam m
Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

Our Garden Club (21 people) did the van tour. We saw Mississippi Sandhill Cranes and migrating cranes - plus a huge eagle nest and eagle. The visitors center has a display area with a video and knowledgeable, friendly volunteers.

Thank Lolo1320
Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

I initially thought this would be little more than a field behind a fence. I was not only wrong but pleasantly surprised...

Thank CharlesM2408
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

We visited the wildlife refuge while vacationing in Gautier. The visitor center is great with a lot of information. Staff were very helpful and told us where,we might see,an alligator and we did. Good hiking trails are available. Will go,again when we can stay longer.

Thank Tommy B
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

Traveling back to the reserve is a beautiful little drive, the bicycle trails look great also. A great place for bird watching, looking for alligators or just taking a stroll in the great outdoors. They also have some wonderful exhibits on display and are very...More

Thank Bobbie G
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26 July 2018|
Response from WTRey | Reviewed this property |
Late Fall to late spring - better chance to sight cranes, and weather more tolerable. I’ve been there mid-summer and done fine - but I grew up on gulf coast south Florida. Nesting roughly early winter into fledging early... More
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Response from WTRey | Reviewed this property |
March through June cranes are typically in nests. I have not found refuge closed during nesting. If planning trip around this, contact refuge directly by phone. (228) 497-6322 It is well worth the visit even if you do not... More
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Response from kshea052016 | Reviewed this property |
The Mississippi Sandhill cranes don't migrate so they are always there but they are shy. Some other cranes stop over during their migration, so checking with the staff at the preserve is a good idea. They don't do the crane... More