National Wildlife Refuge System

Hike a Refuge

A trail follows Darby Creek at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum in Philadelphia.

Credit: Heather Jerue/USFWS

Visitors to J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge , FL,  scan quick response (QR) codes along the iNature Trail into their smartphone.

Credit: Chelle Koster Walton

The Chupadera Trail at Bosque del Apache Refuge, NM, includes a short loop and a steep 4.7 mile trail to the summit of Chupadera Mountain.

Credit John Bertrand


From accessible boardwalks to bicycle paths to rugged mountain climbs, national wildlife refuges offer hundreds of opportunities to celebrate National Trails Day on June 1. The American Hiking Society sponsors National Trails Day to promote hiking, biking, horseback riding, paddling trips, birdwatching, geocaching and stewardship projects, many on national wildlife refuges.


The Refuge System Trails Guide invites you to click on a state and learn about each trail on a refuge – length, grade, surface and cross slope – plus special features and designations.

Many refuges are planning special events for National Trails Day.




Nature Quest participants hike Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge, OK.

Credit: Corrina Bontly


Last updated: May 23, 2013