A group of school-age kids walking along a path in a dry environment

Ankeny NWR is an incredible place to hike! Observation blinds located on Rail Trail, Pintail and Egret Trails are a great way to get a closer view of the variety of waterfowl on the Refuge. If you want to photograph birds, stop by Pintail and Eagle Marsh. For a boardwalk hike, go to Rail Trail.

For more accessible trails for all abilities visit the two trails at the nature center. The shorter loop trail also offers a nature explore area designed for kids to comfortably explore the outdoors.