Featured National Recreation Trails

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Featured U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Trails

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The U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service is a supporter of the National Recreation Trails (NRT) program. A wide variety of trails on National Wildlife Refuges are designated National Recreation Trails. Click on the links below to see more photos, trail descriptions, and links to National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) that host the trails. Eligible trails may be designated in the future— see the U. S. Department of the Interior designation process for details.

Trails are key to discovering the beauty, history and natural heritage of the National Wildlife Refuge System, America’s only network of lands dedicated primarily to wildlife conservation. We invite you to reconnect with our natural world as you hike or paddle on more than 491 refuges and wetland management districts that are open to visitors, from Alaska to Florida, Maine to California, and on Caribbean and Pacific Islands.

 

St. Paul Island High Bluffs Trail

Alaska

Kanatak Trail in Becharof National Wildlife Refuge on the Alaska Peninsula

St. Paul Island High Bluffs Trail — Located in the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. See more photos.. [See trail in NRT database]

Swan Lake Canoe Route - [See trail in NRT database]

Swanson River Canoe Route in Kenai National Moose Range - [See trail in NRT database]

Painted Desert Trail

Arizona

Arivaca Cienega accessible trail and boardwalk leads to spring-fed marshes (cienegas) and cotonwood groves in Buenos Aires NWR. [See trail in NRT database]

Arivaca Creek Trails preserves riparian (streamside) habitat in the Arizona desert in Buenos Aires NWR. [See trail in NRT database]

Painted Desert Trail is named for the multi-colored rocks from ancient volcanos on Imperial National Wildlife Refuge. [See trail in NRT database]

Palm Canyon Trail is located on Kofal National Wildlife Refuge where native California fan palms can be found. [See trail in NRT database]

 

 

California

  • Tidelands Trail On the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. [See trail in NRT database]

 

Wetlands Loop at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR

Colorado

Alamosa South Bluff and Rio Grande Nature Trail On the Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge where visitors can see Sandhill cranes, eagles, wetlands, and the river oxbows. [See trail in NRT database]

Monte Vista Walking Trail The half-mile trail was created by the Friends of the San Luis Valley on Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge. [See trail in NRT database]

Interior Trail System and Wetlands Loop Trail The trail system at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR leads visitors through an urban refuge of more than 16,000 acres of open space and wildlife habitat. [See trail in NRT database]

Two Ponds Trail Trails at Two Ponds NWR provides access to ponds and wetlands, cottonwoods along the canals, and views to the Rocky Mountains. [See trail in NRT database]

 

Centennial Trail

 

Florida

Centennial Trail features boardwalks through upland and wetland habitats with an observation tower overlooking the historic rookery at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. [See trail in NRT database]

 

Georgia

Okefenokee Wilderness Canoe Trail includes routes in Okefenokee Swamp for varying degrees of experience [See trail in NRT database]

 

Marc Dupuy, Jr. Wildlife Trail

 

Louisiana

Marc Dupuy, Jr. Wildlife Trail at Grand Cote National Wildlife Refuge features forested wetlands, a boardwalk, and an observation tower. [See trail in NRT database]

 

Maine

Carson Trail at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge features salt marshes and estuaries, habitat for migratory birds. [See trail in NRT database]

Timber Point Trail is a 1.4 mile nature trail on Rachel Carson National Wildlife featuring freshwater wetlands, salt marshes, forests, rocky shores, and views of the Little River Estuary and Atlantic Ocean. [See trail in NRT database]

 

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Hellcat Interpretive Trail at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island features 5,334 linear feet of elevated boardwalk. [See trail in NRT database]

 

 

Michigan

Ferguson Bayou Nature Trail runs 4.5 miles through agricultural and wetland units of Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge. [See trail in NRT database]

Pine Ridge Nature Trail at Seney National Wildlife Refuge - [See trail in NRT database]

 

Mahnomen Trail at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge

Minnesota

Blue Hill Trail at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge offers five miles of scenic hiking over glaciated terrain. [See trail in NRT database]

Froland Waterfowl Production Area Interpretive Trail winds 1.7 miles around pothole wetlands, tall grass prairie, and oak savanna. [See trail in NRT database]

Mahnomen Trail at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge includes three loops through woodland habitat and prairie openings. [See trail in NRT database]

Rydell Refuge Trails showcase prairie parkland of the Red River Valley and the eastern broadleaf forests. [See trail in NRT database]

Verchota Canoe Trail and the Halfmoon Lake Canoe Trail are on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, Wisconsin

 

Mingo Boardwalk Nature Trail

 

Missouri

Mingo Boardwalk Nature Trail at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge. [See trail in NRT database]

Magnolia Trail

 

Mississippi

Magnolia Trail is a 3-mile nature trail located just south of Natchez in St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge. [See trail in NRT database]

 

Drinking Horse Mountain Trail

Montana

Display Pond Trail in the Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge is a 0.4-mile accessible walking trail. [See trail in NRT database]

Drinking Horse Mountain Trail climbs 700 feet in a figure-eight loop from Bridger Creek. [See trail in NRT database]

Lee Metcalf NWR Wildlife Viewing Trail accesses riparian habitats on the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge. [See trail in NRT database]

Prairie-Marsh Boardwalk complements Benton Lake NWR's auto tour and allows visitors a chance to observe wildlife up close. [See trail in NRT database]

 

Scuppernong River Interpretive Boardwalk

 

North Carolina

Scuppernong River Interpretive Boardwalk loop trail meanders along the Scuppernong River through a cypress swamp near Columbia. [See trail in NRT database]

 

Munch's Coulee Hiking Trail

North Dakota

Arrowwood NWR Leg of the Historic Ft. Totten Trail is 9 miles of the historic route that connected the military posts of Ft. Seward and Ft. Totten. [See trail in NRT database]

J. Clark Salyer Canoe Trail offers a 5-mile route (2 to 3 hours) or a 13-mile route for boaters. [See trail in NRT database]

Lostwood Refuge - Prairie Hiking Trail offers excellent prairie and wetland birding opportunities. [See trail in NRT database]

Munch's Coulee Hiking Trail provides spectacular views, native wildflowers, and upland bird viewing at Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge. [See trail in NRT database]

Sullys Hill Nature Trail features woodlands and wildlife plus Devils Lake, the largest natural lake in North Dakota. [See trail in NRT database]

Wetlands & Waterfowl Trail at Alice Waterfowl Production Area includes accessible blinds for hunting waterfowl, or for wildlife observation. [See trail in NRT database]

 

Niobrara Scenic River Trail

Nebraska

Funk Peterson Wildlife Trail offers a 3-mile backcountry loop and a boardwalk that extends into the wetland. [See trail in NRT database]

Meadowlark Trail provides a 6-mile system through woodland, restored native prairie, riparian, and riverine habitats. [See trail in NRT database]

Niobrara Scenic River Trail offers scenic boating along the Niobrara River through a deep limestone canyon. [See trail in NRT database]

 

Little Cherry Pond Trail

 

New Hampshire

Little Cherry Pond Trail in Silvio O. Conte NWR is home to moose, beaver, otter, waterfowl, and osprey. [See trail in NRT database]

Mud Pond Trail on the Pondicherry Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge provides an accessible trail and boardwalk. [See trail in NRT database]

Chupadera Wilderness Trail

New Mexico

Canyon Trail accesses the Indian Well Wilderness Area of the Bosque del Apache NWR. [See trail in NRT database]

Chupadera Wilderness Trail runs 9.5 miles and climbs to a panoramic view of desert mountain ranges. [See trail in NRT database]

 

 

Ohio

Ottawa Wildlife Interpretive Trail is a 9-mile system of trails around diked wetlands, wood lots and grasslands that encourage a short or long hike in a variety of habitats. [See trail in NRT database]

 

Hortons Slough Trail

Oklahoma

Centennial Trail includes a boardwalk and observation area to see thousands of ducks, geese, and shorebirds at Washita NWR. [See trail in NRT database]

Cussetah Bottoms Boardwalk Trail is built through a bottomland hardwood forest and along the floodplain of the Deep Fork River. [See trail in NRT database]

Dog Run Hollow Trail is at Wichita Mountains NWR. [See trail in NRT database]

Eagle Roost Nature Trail is at Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge. [See trail in NRT database]

Hortons Slough Trail is located at Sequoyah NWR in east central Oklahoma provides environmental education as well as waterfowl viewing. [See trail in NRT database]

Sandtown Nature Trail traverses Sequoyah NWR and offers views of the Arkansas and Canadian Rivers’ delta. [See trail in NRT database]

 

Rich Guadagno Memorial Trail

Oregon

Ankeny Rail Trail near Salem features observation blinds, a boardwalk, ponds, and forest areas. [See trail in NRT database]

Rich Guadagno Memorial Trail is dedicated as the the 1,000th National Recreation Trail to Rich Guadagno, killed on September 11, 2001, aboard United Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. [See trail in NRT database]

Woodpecker Loop Trail on William L. Finley NWR begins in an oak woodland and climbs to an overlook with views of the Willamette Valley and Cascade Range. [See trail in NRT database]

 

 

Pennsylvania

East Impoundment Trail is a 3-mile pedestrian route at John Heinz NWR at Tinicum, located in Philadelphia. [See trail in NRT database]

 

 

South Carolina

Bulls Island Wildlife Trail in Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. [See trail in NRT database]

 

 

South Dakota

Prairie Winds Trail at Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge travels throught distinctive habitat including white-tailed deer, waterfowl, wading birds, and songbirds. [See trail in NRT database]

 

 

Tennessee

Chickasaw Nature Trail is a 1.1 mile loop trail at Tennessee NWR featuring easy hiking for all visitors. [See trail in NRT database]

 

 

Texas

Doeskin Ranch Trail System provides a variety of trails built and maintained primarily by volunteers. [See trail in NRT database]

Willows Trail runs from the visitor information center and the Butterfly and Hummingbird Habitat Landscape to a popular destination for birders on the upper Texas coast. [See trail in NRT database]

 

Wetland Wonders Walk

 

Utah

Wetland Wonders Walk at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is adjacent to a new Wildlife Education Center in this rich wetland habitat. [See trail in NRT database]

 

Washington

Icicle Creek Nature Trail at Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery is accessible for wheelchair users, as well as cross-country skiers in winter. [See trail in NRT database]

Oaks to Wetlands Trail is at Ridgefield NWR, a natural and historic site along along the lower Columbia River. [See trail in NRT database]

Pine Lake Loop Trail is a fully accessible 1.25 mile trail along Winslow Pool and around Pine Lake on Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. [See trail in NRT database]

 

arrow Trail managers can update online trail information for their trail record in the online National Recreational Trails database

 

The NRT Program online is hosted by American Trails:

National Recreation Trails Program
American Trails, P.O. Box 491797, Redding, CA 96049-1797
Phone (530) 605-4395
nrt@americantrails.orgwww.AmericanTrails.org

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