Nature Trails

There are five nature trails on the refuge, each one of which provides excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. All trails are open sunrise to sunset; no fee or permit required.  In winter months, with proper snow conditions, cross country skiing and snowshoeing are allowed on these trails. Please be aware that hunting is allowed on and near these trails at various times in the spring, fall and winter, with the exception of the Liberty Loop Trail, where hunting is always prohibited. Visitors are urged to wear safety orange when the trails are open to both hunters and non-hunters. There is no hunting on Sundays on the refuge.

  • Wood Duck Nature Trail

    Wood Duck Trail

    The Wood Duck Nature Trail, appropriately named for the secretive duck which calls the refuge home, was made possible through the hard work and dedication of refuge volunteers. This beautiful trail now extends approximately 1.5 miles on a former railroad bed ending at the Wallkill River. The self-guided interpretive trail includes a nature photography blind, nature signs, a footbridge across Beaver Run, and several benches. Extensive wetlands are located along the trail. The trail is flat and provides easy walking. The trail head is located on Route 565 in Wantage, New Jersey, approximately 200 yards north of Route 23. Future plans include construction of a footbridge across the Wallkill River, continuation of the trail along the former railroad bed, and construction of a parking area off of Scenic Lakes Road in Hardyston.

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  • Liberty Loop Trail

    Liberty marsh - Herb Houghton.

    The 2.5-mile Liberty Loop Trail was created on a former sod farm, which, before it was manipulated for agricultural use, had been a forested wetland. The trail is co-aligned with the Appalachian Trail for one mile. The trail loops around several managed wetland units, providing an excellent opportunity to observe a wide variety of waterbirds, (waterfowl, shorebirds and wading birds), as well as numerous species of songbirds along the edges of the trail in spring, summer and fall. In winter, the Liberty Loop is one of northern New Jersey and southern New York’s best locations for raptors such as Northern Harrier, Rough-legged Hawk and Short-eared Owls. The trail parking area is located on the south side of Oil City Road in Pine Island (Warwick), New York.

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  • Dagmar Dale Nature Trail

    Dagmar Dale Trail North

    The Dagmar Dale Nature Trail travels through grasslands and hardwood forests from the Refuge headquarters down to the Wallkill River. The trail is 2.7 miles in length and consists of two loops. The North Loop (Blue Trail) is 1.7 miles in length and the South Loop (Yellow Trail) is 1 mile in length; both loops traverse hilly terrain.  Parking for this trail is behind the refuge headquarters on Rt. 565 in Vernon.

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  • Timberdoodle Trail

    Timberdoodle Trail

    The Timberdoodle Trail is a 2.3 mile long trail which starts at Bassett’s Bridge Road and continues south of Kelly Road with parking areas on either end. The nature trail is self-guided and meanders through a variety of woodland, field and wetland habitats. 

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  • Winding Waters Nature Trail

    Winding Waters Trail

    • This trail is aptly named as it meanders along a windy, scenic stretch of the Wallkill River where there are a number of small ripples and waterfalls for the first mile. Within the first 1/10 of a mile, you will encounter a group of benches and a table along the river. This is an Eagle Scout project designed to be used as an outdoor classroom for environmental education. The trail turns away from the river at the northern most boundary of the refuge and proceeds through a pleasant wooded corridor. There are extensive open fields and neighboring farm fields bordering the trail as well as views of the Pochuck Ridge to the east as you make your way back to the parking area. The trail runs for a length of 2.6 miles. The trailhead is located at the Oil City Road boat launch parking area in Pine Island, NY. 


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