Wildlife Watching & Nature Trails

Deer near a trail / Jenny and Oliver Davis ©

Thousands of acres of the refuge are open to the public that include nature trails, boardwalks and overlooks designed to help you experience and enjoy this amazing landscape.

Sandpiper Trail (.4 miles)
This accessible trail is on the north side of the refuge, just south of State Highway 11. It includes two footbridges and an observation deck with spotting scope for viewing shorebirds that abound during the spring and fall migrations. The trail takes visitors to the edge of the salt flats, and panels at the end of the trail provide information on bird identification, migration, and management. The trail also has an access road and a parking area.

Eagle Roost Nature Trail (1.25 miles)
Adjacent to the refuge headquarters, the trail gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy a wide
variety of wildlife and habitats. The trail is open year-round and allows visitors a chance
to see the wildlife of Eagle Roost Pond and Sand Creek Bay.

The Harold F. Miller auto tour route (2.5 miles)
The meandering auto tour route leads visitors along refuge ponds and farm fields where deer and other wildlife abound. Along the route, the short .25-mile walk to Casey Marsh Tower provides visitors outstanding views of ducks, geese, and eagles in late fall and winter. Big Marsh, along Highway 11, includes a kiosk with an observation platform and interpretive panels providing visitors an excellent opportunity to view shorebirds, waterfowl, colonial water birds, raptors, and other wildlife year-round.