Hiking Trails

Loess Bluff Trail

Grab your binoculars, camera, and your favorite field guide and come explore the refuge’s hiking trails!


Hiking Trails

Hiking is a great way to experience the refuge. Choose one of the several trails, or hike them all! Check out our Hiking Trails Map and General Refuge Map for opportunities to explore the refuge by foot. Please help preserve wildlife and their habitats by observing and obeying Closed Area signs.

Loess Bluff Interpretive Trail

Trail Head: Visitor Contact Station
Description: This trail meanders on a wood chip surface through an oak-hickory forest before climbing 200 stone steps to the top of the Loess Hills. Take in the panoramic view at one of several spotting scopes along the way.
Length: A moderately difficult 1.5 mile loop (Map Color: Orange)

 

Munkres Homestead Trail

Trail Head: Visitor Contact Station
Description: Hike through both forest and prairie habitat, then learn about former refuge employee Mr. Munkres through interpretive signs overlooking his former property. This homestead is representative of an early mid-1840s settlement in the country.
Length: A moderately difficult 1.5 mile loop (Map Color: Green)

Mike Callow Memorial Trail

Trail Head: Visitor Contact Station
Description: This ADA accessible trail was once an old road with a wide paved surface, perfect for hikers wishing to do some wildlife viewing. Look for wildlife, listen for songbirds, and enjoy the shaded canopy provided by the forest trees.
Length: An easy 0.5 miles walk one way (Map Color: Blue)

Eagle Overlook Trail

Trail Head: South end of Auto Tour
Description: This grassy trail leads you onto a levee between two wetlands to an observation tower at the end. Keep an eye out for birds, turtles, frogs, and other wildlife along this trail.
Length: An easy 0.75 mile walk one way

What to take with you:

Refuge Hiking Trails Map
General Refuge Map
Water
Sunscreen
Protective Clothing
Camera
Binoculars