Facility Activities

Adult Rainbow trout at Erwin National Fish Hatchery.

View and feed the fish while visiting Erwin National Fish Hatchery

A White-breasted nuthatch perched at the base of a tree at Erwin NFH

Looking for a place to go birding? Erwin National Fish Hatchery is home to a variety of bird species

Nature trail at Erwin National Fish Hatchery

Brush up on tree identification and view wildlife on the nature trail

Fish viewing is available at a number of FWS facilities in the form of aquariums, tanks, and streams.
Many sites do not allow dogs because they can disturb wildlife. Refuges that do allow dogs generally require that they be leashed. Some sites allow hunters and sledders to bring dogs.
From bald eagles to spoonbills, from condors to puffins, birds abound on national wildlife refuges. Refuges provide places for birds to nest, rest, feed and breed making them world-renown for their birding opportunities.
While traditional geocaching (the burial or removal of "treasure") is generally not permitted at national wildlife refuges because it disturbs wildlife habitat, virtual geocaching may be allowed. In this variant, GPS coordinates lead to points of interest, such as cultural sites or exhibits, that participants can check off on a list.
A few sites allow picnicking at designated areas.
Take your pick of 2,100 miles of refreshing trails and boardwalks. Whether you want a short, easy walk or a challenging hike, you’re likely to find what you want. Some trails are paved and universally accessible. Some trails include displays on visual arts, local history and culture or environmental education.
Whether you wield a smartphone or a zoom lens, you’ll find photo-worthy subjects at national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries. Wildlife photography is a priority public use on national wildlife refuges, so you’ll find wildlife drives and blinds and overlooks to help you get the images you’re after.
Many refuges champion wildlife viewing as a key recreational activity.