Great Swamp offers many great places throughout the refuge to view wildlife. The Wildlife Observation Center with 1 1/2 miles of board walk allows visitors to see a varity of habitats and many different species. Along these boardwalks, visitors may see numerous amounts of turtles, snakes, and frogs in early spring and summer. Many different birds can also be observed from any of the three permanent bird blinds along the boardwalks.
You can drive or walk along our 2-mile auto tour route on Pleasant Plains Road, which offers open vista opportunities to observe a variety of species, including northern harrier, woodcock, red-tailed hawk and bluebirds. Also along the drive, you can stop at the “Overlook,” which looks out on one of the refuge impoundments. There you can observe waterfowl flying in the distance and if you are lucky, the occasional bald eagle. You can pull over for viewing along the drive any time, but please remain in your car until you reach designated parking areas. The auto tour offers great birding and photography opportunities. You may also see white-tailed deer, red fox, turtles, and muskrat.
The refuge also offers 8 miles of designated hiking trails in the refuge's wilderness area to explore. Also more adventures hikers can explore 3,660 acres of trail but hip boots are recommended.
Download the refuge tour brochure (pdf)