If you enjoy getting outdoors and looking for wildlife, consider a visit to your nearest national wildlife refuge! From birding to whale watching, from viewing speedy pronghorn antelope or slow-moving box turtles, wildlife observation is the most popular activity for refuge visitors.
Forty million people, from every state and all parts of the globe visit each year for the chance to see concentrations of wildlife and birds. The National Wildlife Refuge System’s extensive trail system, boardwalks, observation decks, hunting and photography blinds, fishing piers and boat launches encourage visitors to discover America’s best wildlife spectacles.
From Wildlife Drive, located just beyond the visitor center, you can access the Observation Tower to view wildlife on the Demonstration Area, open March 1 - October 31. You can also view wildlife on many of the hiking trails, listed below under Hiking. Be sure to be quiet while going into locations to view wildlife, especially early morning and late evening, and make sure to know the open hours for each trail.