Wildlife Viewing & Nature Trails

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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. This rugged trail system provides beautiful views, but also very little shade. There are multiple social trails that branch off from the official trails, which can make navigation difficult. Come prepared by downloading maps as there is limited cell service in this area, bringing extra drinking water, and allotting plenty of time for your hike to have a safe and enjoyable experience on the Bison, Longhorn, or Elk Trails.

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.