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Twelve Oaks Walking Trail

1112 Hanley Rd, Ocean Springs, MS

Turn North onto Hanley Road from Bienville Boulevard. Turn left onto the gravel driveway where the paved road ends. Park outside the gate and walk in. Look for an arrow-shaped trail marker on your left. Please keep to the trail, as the historic home onsite is used by our Artist-in-Residence Program and is not currently open to visitors.

Twelve Oaks is named for the numerous Live Oaks sprinkled among a spectacular setting of native plants and Old Fort Bayou. Many of the oaks are believed to be pver 400 years old and they make a tremendous impression when one stands beneath their widespread canopy. The walking trail, with an observation deck, offers visitors hiking and birding opportunities. Habitats onsite include a mixed pine and oak forest with a mature canopy, a seepage slope forest, headwater bay swamps, and a large area of tidal marsh.