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The East Pearl River watershed has been home to people of many backgrounds: tribal cultures, explorers, pioneers, logging employees, traders, slaves and freedmen, and settlers from across the globe.  Possum Walk was a traditional African-American community along the banks of Bayou Bogue Homa.  In these waters people from Possum Walk and Logtown fished, drew water, washed clothing, and met their everyday needs.

The Possum Walk Heritage Trail opened on the August 14, 2013 to hiking, off-road bicycling, and kayaking.  The bayhead swamp offers unparalleled wildlife due to the thousands of acres of buffer zone that surround
the site.

The bayou meets the marshes of the East Pearl River, hosting bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) and blackgum (Nyssa sylvatica).  The banks contain scattered patches of southern wild-rice (Zizaniopsis), pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata) and occasionally wild-rice (Zizania aquatica).  Keep an eye out for alligators, as they have been spotted regularly in these waters!
Birds of the area include: Anhinga, Osprey, Cooper’s Hawk and other raptors, Bald Eagle, Kingfisher, Vulture species, Woodpecker species (although no evidence of the Ivory-Billed variety… yet.) Species of particular interest include: Brown-headed Nuthatch, Swallow-tailed Kite and Mississippi Kite (summer residents), Prothonotary Warbler, Swainson’s Warbler, and Cerulean Warbler (an annual visitor), Painted Bunting, and Rusty Blackbird (a winter resident).