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Wildlife Watching and Nature Trails

CentTrail_512x219Explore the wild side of Washita National Wildlife Refuge!

The refuge's trails are open to the public, free of charge, seven days a week from sunrise to sunset. 

Centennial Trail 

This nature trail is the cornerstone of the refuge's outdoor education facilities. The area features a 1/3 mile hard surface trail (suitable for wheelchair access), interpretive signs and a boardwalk with an observation deck overlooking a wetland area. The Centennial Trail has been designated a National Recreation Trail.

Riverside Hiking Trail
The newly resurfaced hiking trail joining Riverside and Turkey Flat Recreation Areas is approximately 1/2 mile long. Binoculars and cameras will find many different species of wildlife along the trail. Though there are not other trails on the refuge, feel free to explore on foot from Owl Cove, Pitts Creek, and Lakeview. Remember to check the map for closed areas on the refuge. Generally, areas north of the river channel are open year-round. 

Observation Decks
Two observation decks offer vistas of wintering waterfowl. You will find spring migratory birds, wintering flocks of geese, and wildlife viewing from a deck at Owl Cove near the Washita River Inlet. County roads next to the refuge provide access to Owl Cove, Pitts Creek, and Lakeview Recreation Areas.  Don't miss the observation deck behind headquarters. You'll have an excellent view of wintering geese feeding in farm fields.

Great Plains Trail of Oklahoma
Washita NWR is a location on the newly completed Great Plains Trail of Oklahoma. This road-based wildlife viewing trail provides 13 loops covering over 1,700 miles in 33 counties with stops on public and private lands. Washita NWR is the first designated stop on the Black Kettle Loop. Click here for more information on the Great Plains Trail of Oklahoma.

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Centennial Trail

Last Updated: Jul 12, 2012
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