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My hike was 12 miles long by starting along the beach at access 6, looping around the southern inlet part of the island over to a bird ID interpretive sign, then through a network of sand roads which I did not know were restricted access until I saw the sign as I was almost back at the paved road (no signs by the inlet). Hikes should probably be from a beach access point, around to the bird identification sign at the inlet/Sedge Island area and back. Alternatively, you can backtrack along the beach then take access 20 (or 21 if you need a restroom) from the beach over to the paved road for access to various short interpretive trails out and back to the bay and/or beach sides. Approximate hike distances from beach access parking lots out and back along the beach with no side trails would be as follows:
Based on the way I hiked it starting at access #6.
A bird identification interpretive sign at the southwest corner of the island is about as far as you can go.
Once at the beach, backtrack continuing straight across the paved road on a wide mowed path towards the bay.
Back along the paved road, another interpretive trail at A13 heads towards the beach.
Another mile along the paved road comes to A7 which has beach buggy access. Tice's Shoal boardwalk trail to a viewing platform at the bay is to the left:
Beach access 6, which is where I had parked, was adjacent to beach access 7 so this brought me back to my car at 12 miles.