Trails

Seven trails and one auto tour are open from sunrise to sunset. Trails may be closed during controlled hunts, prescribed fires and for required maintenance. Five trails and the Harold F. Miller Auto Tour are open all year: Eagle Roost, Hoot Owl, Casey Tower Overlook, Sandpiper and Jet Recreation. Two fishing trails are open seasonally during April 1 to October 15. 

 

Cottonwood Point Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.47
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Jet Recreation Nature Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.94
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Sand Creek Fishing Trail

Trail Length (mi)
1.83
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Casey Tower Overlook Trail

First drive the Harold F. Miller Auto Tour and pull off to the left near Upper Wilson Pond. This leads to a photo blind/observation tower overlooking moist soil wetlands. This is a great spot in the winter to view and photograph waterfowl.
Trail Length (mi)
0.14
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Route Type
Out & back
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Eagle Roost Nature Trail

This loop trail is located adjacent to the refuge headquarters and includes a popular photo blind. Many water birds, shorebirds, and waterfowl can be found here. A handicap accessible restroom is located at the start of the trail next to the information kiosk.
Trail Length (mi)
1.30
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Route Type
Loop
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Hoot Owl Loop Trail

This trail stems off Eagle Roost Nature Trail, does a loop through upland woodlands and wetlands, and come back out on Eagle Roost Nature Trail.
Trail Length (mi)
0.61
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Route Type
Loop
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Sandpiper Trail

This trail is on the north side of the refuge, just south of State Highway 11. The trail takes visitors to the edge of the salt flats, and a good spot for viewing shorebirds.
Trail Length (mi)
0.24
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Route Type
Out & back
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