From the intersection of I 10 and LA 1 (Exit 153) in Baton Rouge, go south on LA 1 for 22.1 miles to LA 69/ Bowie St. in White Castle. Turn right (south) and go 11.4 miles to LA 70. Turn right and go west 28.0 miles to LA 182. Bear left (south-east) on LA 182 briefly to US 90. Go west on US 90 for 1.3 miles until it reconnects with LA 182. Merge onto LA 182 and follow it north-west 0.6 miles to Gilmore Drive. Turn right (east) onto Gilmore Drive and park immediately on the left. The trail originates here and proceeds for approximately 1.5 miles toward the Atchafalaya River levee.

The Berwick Walking Trail traverses bottomland hardwood forest habitat, open fields, and a network of canals. Tree species in this area include hackberry, sweetgum, water oak, live oak, red maple, and honey locust, all attractive to numerous songbirds year round.  The wooded section between Gilmore Drive and Berwick Junior High School is the best place to look for forest songbird species.

Permanent residents include Red-bellied and Downy Woodpeckers, Red-shouldered Hawk, Loggerhead Shrike, White-eyed Vireo, Fish Crow, Blue Jay, Carolina Chickadee, Carolina Wren, Brown Thrasher, and Northern Cardinal.  Neotropical breeders recorded here include Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Mississippi Kite, Barn Swallow, and Orchard Oriole, along with Northern Parula and Prothonotary Warblers.

During fall migration, look for Eastern Kingbird, Gray Catbird, Swainson’s, Wood and Gray-cheeked Thrushes as well as  Summer and Scarlet Tanagers. Winter months bring Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, American Goldfinch, and Orange-crowned and Yellow-rumped Warblers.

Also in winter, search along the canal edges for Sora, Spotted Sandpiper, House Wren, and Common Yellowthroat, along with White-throated, Swamp and Song Sparrows. Follow the levees along the canals to a large open field where open-perch and field birds such as American Kestrel, Tree Swallow, American Pipet, and Eastern Meadowlark are found.

The trail is paved/handicapped-accessible from the Gilmore Drive parking lot northwestward.
Amenities are limited to parking, identification signage, and a trail map at the trailhead. This trail is used for walking, biking, birding, and nature photography.

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