Hiking


There are six Refuge trails. For all, wildlife closures may be marked by signs.

Visitor-Center Area Trails

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Nature Trail

A half-mile, unpaved, self-guided loop near the Visitor Center. There is an adjacent wildlife-viewing blind.

  • Designated as a walking trail, so walking dogs, biking, and horseback riding are not allowed.
  • Off-trail hiking is allowed August 1 to January 31. To protect nesting birds, please stay on trails the rest of the year.

Centennial Trail

A 1.2-mile ADA-accessible historical interpretive trail from the Visitor Center to the viewing platform at the west end of the Upper Dam and then across the historic Upper Dam.  

 

  • Designated as a walking trail, so walking dogs, biking, and horseback riding are not allowed.
  • Off-trail hiking is allowed August 1 to January 31. To protect nesting birds, please stay on trails the rest of the year.

Observation Hill Trail

A 3.25-mile loop west of the Visitor Center. There is an adjacent wildlife-viewing platform. 
  • Can be accessed from the Visitor Center parking lot or from the parking lot at the top of the entrance road.
  • Walking leashed dogs, jogging, biking, and horseback riding are allowed. Groups of more than 10 require a Special Use Permit.
  • Dogs must be on a physical leash (6 feet or less) at all times. Pet waste must be removed.
  • Off-trail hiking is allowed August 1 to January 31. To protect nesting birds, please stay on trails the rest of the year.

East-Side Area Trails

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East Dike Trail

A 1-mile trail east of the Tio Lane entrance that goes to the New York Canal. Good birding opportunities. 

  • Walking leashed dogs, jogging, biking, and horseback riding are allowed. Groups of more than 10 require a Special Use Permit.
  • Dogs must be on a physical leash (6 feet or less) at all times. Pet waste must be removed.
  • Off-trail hiking is allowed all year.

Kingfisher Trail

A 3.75-mile internal Refuge road that serves as a trail from Tio Lane entrance to Greenhurst Road entrance.

  • Walking leashed dogs, jogging, biking, and horseback riding are allowed. Groups of more than 10 require a Special Use Permit.
  • Dogs must be on a physical leash (6 feet or less) at all times. Pet waste must be removed.
  • Off-trail hiking is allowed all year.

Gotts Point Trail

 A 0.75-mile internal Refuge road that serves as a trail from Greenhurst Road entrance to a gate just north of Gotts Point.

  • To protect wintering birds, area is closed to all entry from October 1 to January 31. Off-trail hiking is allowed the rest of the year. 
  • Walking leashed dogs, jogging, biking, and horseback riding are allowed. Groups of more than 10 require a Special Use Permit.
  • Dogs must be on a physical leash (6 feet or less) at all times. Pet waste must be removed.