The refuge headquarters is located at 1547 County Route 565, (Glenwood Road), Sussex, NJ 07461. When using a navigational device, enter only 1547 Glenwood Road, Sussex, NJ 07461. Telephone number is 973-702-7266. The Dagmar Dale Nature Trail is located at the Headquarters as well as public bathrooms which are open daily year round. A small visitor center with gift shop and exhibits is open weekdays from 8:00 to 4:30. Federal Duck Stamps and Access Passes are available for purchase at this location. Various environmental educational programs are conducted in and around the refuge headquarters throughout the year.
Liberty Loop Trail, 7 miles north of the headquarters is a popular visitor location and well known for the outstanding opportunity it provides for wildlife observation and photography as well as a 2.5 mile nature trail.
The Winding Waters Trail, located 0.5 mile west of the Liberty Loop trailhead, offers another 2.1 miles of trail along the river and through restored fields and a canoe/kayak launch at the trailhead.
The Timberdoodle Trail connects to the Liberty Loop Trail and follows an old railbed through forested bottomlands and wetlands, extending 2.3 miles south of Bassett’s Bridge Road. Trailheads are located at Owens Station Crossing, Bassett’s Bridge and Kelly Roads. The trailhead at Owens Station Crossing also offers a handicap-accessible boat launch and fishing dock, as well as a Nature Store which is open seasonally. Call the refuge office for nature shop openings and hours.
Bassett’s Bridge fishing and canoe launch is a popular location for river access. A large parking area with a boardwalk to the water’s edge provides paddlers and anglers opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Wallkill River.
The Wood Duck Nature Trail, conveniently located just off Route 23 is a hiking trail that provides year round enjoyment for people of all ages. Established on an abandoned railroad bed, this 1.6 mile trail is wheelchair accessible for the first 0.6 mile.
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The federally threatened bog turtle can be found in wetlands throughout the Wallkill River valley and the Papakating Creek Watershed. Endangered by habitat loss and poaching (the diminutive turtle is favored among illegal pet traders), this turtle is an important focus of the refuge’s conservation work. Due to their listed status, refuge public use areas are located away from sensitive bog turtle habitats.