Wildlife Viewing & Nature Trails


The refuge has 15 miles of designated hiking trails that offer the novice and seasoned hiker a rewarding experience. The trails wind through scrub oak forest, across rocky mountains and over grass prairie. Wildlife abounds along these trails.

The Dog Run Hollow Trail System, a part of the National Recreational Trail System, has trailheads at French Lake, Boulder, Lost Lake, and the Dog Run Hollow parking areas. Using the French Lake trailhead, visitors can choose among a one, three or four-hour hike through some of the more unique areas of the refuge.

The Elk Mountain Trail System is made up of two trails. One leads hikers through the Charon's Garden Wilderness Area and ends at Post Oak/Treasure Lake parking area, while the other leads to the summit of Elk Mountain. From the top of Elk Mountain, hikers will enjoy a spectacular view of much of the refuge. 

Another trail leads from the Quanah Parker Lake dam to the summit of Little Baldy Mountain and a side trail from the Doris Campground joins the trail on the western edge of the lake.

For more information about hiking, visit our Nature Trails page. Visit our Maps page to download a refuge trails map. 

For more information about bird watching on the trails and throughout the refuge view our Birding Sites for Beginners(requires flash).