Trails

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Feel as though you have escaped the city as you stretch your legs through forest of ash, fir, cedar and oak.  Open your lungs and mind as you stroll along wetland trails and watch wildlife soar the open water, fields, and sky.  The following trails are very different in terrain, habitat, and location on the refuge.  See these trail profiles for maps, directions, and seasonal closures before you visit.

  • Upcoming Trail Additions

    In partnership with the Port and City of Ridgefield, the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is excited to continue to expand their trail system to connect people to nature from popular community spaces. 

    The Carty Lake Trail, currently under construction, is expected to open the summer of 2018. This new trail system will offer Port visitors a non-fee year-round walking loop through restored woodlands to view wildlife on Carty Lake and Lake River. Beyond that a fee-entry seasonal trail will take the public to the Cathlapotle Plankhouse, the Oaks to Wetlands Trail System, and the Refuge Office, with a daily entrance fee of $3. 

    Walkers will eventually have the opportunity to connect back into town through a currently unfinished section of year-round trail on Main Avenue that is projected to open during the fall of 2018. The final product will be a 5 mile loop trail system through the Refuge, City and Port, with wildlife and habitat views as well as that small community feel that Ridgefield prides itself with. 

    The Carty Lake Trail is currently not available to access from the Port as the entrance structures and fee station are not complete at that entry point. The Refuge welcomes the community to walk the Carty Lake Trail starting from the Main Avenue entrance as a 2.2 mile total out-and-back experience.

  • Kiwa Trail

    The Kiwa Trail on the River 'S' Unit can be reached by following the Auto Tour Route past the observation blind. The Kiwa Trial is open from May 1 to September 30 during daylight hours. The trail offers a generally level grade and is constructed of compacted gravel and boardwalks. The trail is well suited for wheelchairs, wheeled walkers, and baby strollers.

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  • Oaks to Wetlands Trail

    The Oaks to Wetlands trail is located on the Carty Unit of the Refuge. This trail is open year-round during daylight hours and has several internal loops offering hiking distances of less than a mile to over 2 miles. The trail starts out as a graveled and then paved walk past the Plankhouse and along a small lake.  Then the trail crosses uneven terrain as it transects oak woodlands, fir forests, and basalt outcroppings.

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