|Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge|
Because of its close proximity to Big Branch Marsh, we began our journey at the Visitor Center for all eight of the SELA refuges. Just north of where Highways 434 and 190 intersect in Lacombe, this impressive complex was far beyond our expectations. A former Redemptorist seminary, the vast property retains the feel of a religious retreat with contemplative trails winding through sasanquas and camellias past a grotto, Bayou Lacombe and a cemetery for Redemptorist priests.
|SELA Refuges Visitor's Center|
|One of the many camellias along the Camellia Trail|
|The pine forest of Big Branch Marsh NWR|