The National Elk Refuge is highly regarded as an iconic place to see wildlife. This is largely due to the limited number of trails and public access areas on the Refuge.
The main trail on the Refuge is the nearly 6 mile, paved pathway that runs along beautiful wetland and grassland habitat. The trail connects to several paved trails in Grand Teton National Park.
Cycling is the most popular activity along the pathway. Visitors who are looking for a full day adventure can bike from the National Elk Refuge to Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park. This 40 mile roundtrip cycle is a stunning way to experience the Refuge and Grand Teton without the use of a vehicle.
Visitors who are looking for a shorter adventure can stroll along the beginning of the pathway, which departs from the north lawn of the National Elk Refuge & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center. Flat Creek meanders under the pathway, allowing for opportunities to spot cutthroat trout, river otters, and various ducks.
In order to minimize negative wildlife impacts, dogs are not allow on the pathway. Please adhere to all safety and regulation signs posted along the pathway.