September 4, 2010 8:27:00 PM
Refuge Manager Henry Sansing and the Friends of Noxubee Refuge invite the public to visit Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge''s newly finished Craig Pond Trail for a dedication and ribbon cutting Saturday, Sept. 11, at 10 a.m. to noon. There will be a guided trail walk, and grilled hot dogs and drinks to the early comers. The 1-mile loop trail is located in Oktibbeha County on the west side of Highway 25, just south of Starkville and St. Marks Road, and is marked along the highway with brown hiking signs.
Hikers on this trail travel through a mixed pine/hardwood area just north of Chinchahoma Creek. Although the highway is close, as hikers get to the back of the loop the sounds of traffic fade away, offering the feelings of "getting away" from civilization. A spur trail off of the loop can take the visitor to Craig Pond where it is not uncommon to see wintering waterfowl and occasionally a beaver. Craig Pond is open to fishing from March 1 through Oct. 31. There are benches along the trail and an informational kiosk at the parking lot.
For more information, contact the Refuge office at 662-323-5548.