The refuge offers several trail systems that
highlight the unique features of the area. Trails are open year round except for days during hunting periods. Outside of hunting closures, trails are open seven
days a week, during daylight hours only. Download Shiawassee NWR Trail System Map (PDF file - 494 KB). No pets or horses are allowed on any of the trails. Before your visit, pleas View or Download 2014 Hiking Trail Closures (PDF - 121 KB).
Do you know what poison ivy looks like? Download the
"Poisonous" Plants Brochure (PDF
file - 454 KB) to help you identify poison ivy and other "poisonous" plants.
The Woodland Trail,
located off of Center and Stroebel Roads on the north side of the refuge, offers
over 4.5 miles of trails. These rather primitive trails wind through bottomland
hardwood forest and take you past historic landmarks left from the coal mining
industry in the early 1900's. Popular with mountain bikers, hikers and
cross-country skiers. Trail use may be limited due to seasonal flooding and wet
conditions. Download Woodland Trail Map (PDF file - 397 KB).
The Ferguson Bayou
Trail, located at the west end of Curtis Road on the south side of
the refuge, offers over 4.5 miles of trails. This trail follows graveled roads
on the tops of dikes and offers views of croplands, sloughs, forests, fields,
wetlands, and pools. Two observation towers, equipped with spotting scopes, are
located along this trail so you can take a closer look at ducks, geese, deer,
and other wildlife. Popular with hikers, skiers, and casual bicyclers. Download
Ferguson Bayou Trail Map (PDF
file - 406 KB).
The Wildlife Drive (Auto Tour
Route) Closed for the Season
The refuge’s auto tour route, the Wildlife Drive, is Closed for the Season. Traditionally the Wildlife Drive remains open June 1 - October 3, from sunrise to sunset and October 4 - 31, from 1:00 p.m. to sunset. Please note that the route may be closed due to flooding, soft roads, or other special conditions such as events or wildlife needs, like nesting bald eagles.
The Wildlife Drive meanders past forests,
grasslands, marshes, open water pools, and the Shiawassee River. Visitors will
have more opportunities to see a great diversity of wildlife. Download a Wildlife Drive Map and Information Sheet (PDF file - 625 KB).
Wildlife Drive Hours (Closed for the Season)
The Cass River
Unit, located in Bridgeport Township just off of I-75, has about one
mile of trail. The trail is mowed in the summer months. The trail winds its
way through an old apple orchard, along the Cass River and through upland
forest, featuring beech, maple and other hardwood trees. The Friends of
Shiawassee NWR are seeking funds to improve and expand this trail. Download Cass River Unit Trail Map (PDF file -
Green Point Environmental
Learning Center (CLOSED), located in Saginaw, offers over 2.5 miles of
trails. These trails wind through a bottomland hardwood forest and offer views
of forest, fields, wetlands, and the Tittabawassee River. Trail surfaces range
from mowed grass to woodchips to gravel. Various groups use the trail system
for educational purposes. Bicycles are not allowed on Green Point's trails.
Popular trail with hikers and skiers. Trail use may be limited due to seasonal
flooding and wet conditions. Download Green Point Environmental Learning Center Trail Map (PDF file - 323 KB).
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Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge is a critical migration stopover site for waterfowl.