William L. Finley has both year-round and seasonal trails. Seasonal trails are specified in their description and are open from April 1st - October 31st.
Here is the trails description brochure. Trail Descriptions William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge
Here is a refuge map to help you find your perfect trail! William L. Finley NWR Map
Location: Trailhead is located at a turnout off Bruce Road.
Walk up the interior service road to an old rock quarry site. Turn left, cross the bridge and follow the trail through the Maple Knoll Research Natural Area to Beaver Pond. Return to the service road back to the trailhead or continue on to Cattail Pond trail then back.
Begin your hike by taking the Lake Creek Trail to reach this point. Instead of taking the Levee Road, follow the gravel refuge road to the left to continue skirting the farm fields. The refuge road will lead you to a mown path that will run alongside a stand of cottonwoods. The trail will end alongside a small channel of the Willamette River.
Location: Trailhead is at the Cabell Lodge parking lot. A path to an observation deck and scope is open year-round.
Head east from the deck onto the service road and turn right. At the junction there to continue to other trails or turn back around and finish your hike here.
Trailhead is located at a turnout off Bruce Road. This trail connects with Beaver Pond Trail.
Walk up the interior service road to an old rock quarry site. Follow the signs to Cattail Pond. Turn right and follow the field edge to the wooded trail that returns to Pidgeon Springs.
Location: Trailhead is located at turnout off Bruce Road.
Walk past the gate here, onto the dike. This flat trail follows the banks of Cheadle Marsh and the riparian forest of Muddy Creek, ending close to Irwin Cheadle Barn.
This accessible boardwalk winds through Muddy Creek riparian area that is seasonally flooded with winter rains. The trail ends at an observation blind overlooking Cabell Marsh.
A seasonal extension offers access to Cabell Marsh and the Refuge interior.
This trail ties together Woodpecker and Mill Hill Loops. It takes you through the understory of a mixed deciduous and fir forest.
This accessible trail and boardwalk meanders beside McFadden Marsh, ending in an observation blind overlooking the Marsh.
This up-and-down trail takes you though many different forest types: oak, woodland, mature maple, and Douglas Fir. Look for wood ducks or beavers on Gray Creek, or rest on one of the benches to watch for elk, deer and other wildlife around the forest margins.
Location: Trailhead is at the parking area off the south side of Bruce Road.
Follow the interior refuge road north towards Cheadle Barn on the hill. Go left where the road splits at Cheadle Barn Pond and hike towards Pigeon Butte. Turn left at the trail marker and follow the road to the top of the hill.
This trail begins .6 mile from the parking lot at the Lake Creek Observation Blind. To start the loop from the blind, continue following the trails towards the west. The trail will run alongside farm fields and lead you to the refuge road. Follow the road as it curves to the right onto the levee overlooking the Willamette River. At the north end of the levee road you will see an unimproved trail leading down off the right side of the road. From this path you will soon reach the loop portion of the trail.
The trail will loosely wind through the cottonwoods and meadow and will lead you back to the Levee Road.
Walking this trail will allow you to see a variety of habitats including oak woodland, oak savanna, a seasonal pond and a Douglass fir dominated forest. There is also an exceptional view of the valley and Cascade Range at an overlook.
Throughout the trail there are interpretive signs that provide information about the different animals and plant species.