Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge hosts many free public events throughout the year, including hiking, fishing, bird watching, and kayaking as well as various children’s programs. Check out all of our upcoming events on the events calendar.Events Calendar
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
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Around the Refuge
Recent snowfalls and expected cold weather for the next several days have created very good conditions on our trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. All of our public trails are open for these activities. The Wood Duck, Timberdoodle, Liberty Loop and Winding Waters Trails are flat and relatively easy trails that utilize old rail beds and farm roads. The Dagmar Dale Trail is a bit more challenging with some uphill and downhill terrain. While out in the snow, this is a good time to look for fresh animal tracks especially in the fields alongside the trails. The trails are open seven days a week from dawn to dusk unless otherwise posted. Dogs are allowed on the Liberty Loop Trail but they must be leashed at all times. Pets are not allowed on any of the other trails.
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.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Feb 03, 2015