Wildlife can be found on any section of the trail due to the expansive bottomland habitat, particularly in the Malmaison Wildlife Management Area and private hunting lands. Species that are found along the river include alligator, bats, beaver, bobcat, deer, fox, otter, raccoon, and a variety of moths and butterflies. Aquatic species include numerous types of frogs, turtles, snakes, crayfish, catfish, crappie, and bass.
Birding on the Yalobusha River
The Yalobusha River lies within the Mississippi Alluvial Valley and offers superb birding opportunities as this area is part of the Mississippi Flyway, a bird migration route for nearly half of all North American migrating waterfowl, shorebirds and neotropical songbirds. The bottomland habitat provides ideal conditions for a variety of permanent residents and migrating birds such as the bunting, cuckoo, tanager, warbler, hummingbird, swallow, kinglet, anhinga, wood stork, roseate spoonbill, ibis, heron, egret, pelican, duck, eagle, kingfisher, owl, and woodpecker.