Myrtlewood Grove Nature Trail Now Open!

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A new trail at Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge provides additional opportunities for wildlife viewing!

The Myrtlewood Grove Nature Trail begins just north of the newly constructed Bandon Marsh office at 83673 N. Bank Lane. Visitors may park in one of two available parking areas to access the trailhead. The family friendly trail is rated as easy, has a natural, sometimes muddy surface and is comprised of two connecting loops on a short spur from the trailhead. This allows hikers the choice of a 0.5- or 1.0-mile hike.

The trail begins in a patch of mature Sitka spruce/Western hemlock forest with thick green understory dropping into a small freshwater pond. Hikers then come to a meadow in the midst of restoration from pasture to coniferous forest. In the center of the trail, enter a shadowy grove of old Myrtlewood trees sprouting young saplings. The trail also affords a prime view of Ni-les’tun Marsh and Bullard’s Bridge in the distance.

Visitors may see red-shouldered hawks, dark-eyed juncos, black-tailed deer, rough-skinned newts, and more on this hike. Visitors can check out the other improvements at Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge before hiking the trail. From the parking lot on the south side of North Bank Lane, look for wildlife from the new Ni-les’tun Marsh overlook. The new Bandon Marsh office, accessible from either parking area, was completed in November. Visitors heading for the trail will pass a native pollinator garden designed to attract birds, bees and butterflies. Refuge volunteers not only helped create and tend the new nature trail, they also designed, planted and now tend this garden. Return in summer to see the garden in full bloom.

The refuge office is not currently open to the public due to the pandemic. Please follow all state and local guidelines, and CDC guidance regarding social distancing and COVID-19 safety protocols. For more information or questions regarding accessibility, call the refuge office during business hours at (541) 347-1470.

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