National Wildlife Refuge System

OHIO RIVER ISLANDS
NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

3982 Waverly Road
Williamstown, WV, 26187
Phone: 304-375-2923
E-mail: OhioRiverIslands@fws.gov

BIRDS AND BUTTERFLIES TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.14 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Surface: Paved

Special Features

  • Views of Ohio River and forested hillside
  • Rest at pavilion overlooking river
  • Barrier-free trail
  • Bicycle rack, restrooms, and water at Visitor Center


MIDDLE ISLAND DRIVING TOUR

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.5 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Surface: Gravel

Special Features

  • Middle Island is connected to the shore by vehicular bridge
  • Bicycling allowed on road only
  • Auto tour with interpretive signs



MIDDLE ISLAND NATURE TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 3 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Surface: Crushed limestone

Special Features

  • Barrier-free and ADA compliant trail
  • Access to variety of habitats and wildlife
  • Watch for deer, rabbit, raccoon, migrating birds, beaver and muskrat
  • Hunting allowed with special use permit from Refuge
  • Fishing dike allows walk down access to Ohio River
  • Constructed wetland attracts waterfowl

RIVERVIEW TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.66 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Surface: Mowed/crushed limstone

Special Features

  • Carry down boat access for small boats, canoes and kayaks
  • River bottomland with habitat restoration plots
  • Access to river for wildlife viewing and fishing
  • Mainland fishing dikes available along shoreline
  • Spot bald eagles and osprey

UPLANDS TRAIL OUTER/INNER LOOP

Trail Information

  • Length: 1.4 Miles
  • Grade: Moderate
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Surface: Native

Special Features

  • View Ohio River vally below from hilltop overlook
  • Woodland canopy of oak and maple
  • Spring migrations bring warblers and other songbirds
  • View fox, squirrel and deer
  • Archery hunting for deer allowed in season by special use permit
  • 0.9 miles (outer) and 0.5 miles (inner)
Last updated: October 28, 2010