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.

Although small, Brownell Park provides one of the most serene, idyllic, and refreshing experiences in coastal Louisiana. It’s situated on the southwestern shore of Lake Palourde amidst a pristine bald cypress-tupelo gum swamp. 

Expect regular encounters with Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, and Northern Cardinal on a year round basis. At certain times of the year, various species gather at the lake in large numbers. Examples include hundreds of American White Pelicans and thousands of Double-crested Cormorants during the winter. The Southern Bald Eagle is another common winter sight. 

In early spring, northbound Yellow-rumped Warblers use Brownell as a staging area. Dozens can be observed on any given day between late February and mid-April. From mid-April through early June, similar numbers of Prothonotary Warblers can be seen at the swamp daily. Several remain here to nest in the swamp each summer, along with Chimney Swifts in the bell tower. 

Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes are located here, and you should see several banded warblers during the summer months. Other expected summer birds include egrets, herons, woodpeckers, owls, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Great-crested Flycatcher, and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, among others. 

In August and early September, large numbers of fall-migrating Yellow Warblers use Brownell Park as a staging area. Between late summer and early November, the procession of southbound neotropical migrants can be spectacular on certain days.

This lovely leg-stretcher features a small visitors center, a gift shop, restrooms/water, two maintained trails, and ample parking. The visitor's center and trails are not handicapped-accessible. Picnic tables are located near the parking area. The park is closed on Monday and Tuesday. 

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