16 Great Thanksgiving Hikes

16 Great Thanksgiving Hikes

Rene Ebersole
Published: 11/13/2012

Twin Barns Loop Trail, Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge     

Length: 1 mile 

Wildlife: Ducks, geese, great blue herons, bald eagles      

More info: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Nisqually/

Entrance fee: $3 per four adults; Age 16 and under free. Pick up map and brochure at fee station. Check out the Nature Explore Area for children ages 2-10. See great flocks of geese, especially early in the morning. Exit 114 off Interstate 5.


Sandpiper Trail, Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge

Length: 1.5 miles         

Wildlife: Waterfowl, dunlin, bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, great blue herons, northern harriers, other raptors and waterfowl

More info: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/grays_harbor/

No entrance fee. Pick up map and brochure at refuge kiosk.


Refuge trails are open to the public, from sunrise to sunset, even when refuge offices are closed for Thanksgiving Day. Trail maps and brochures are usually available outside the visitor center or at a refuge entrance kiosk. For the best wildlife viewing, combine your hike with a ride along a refuge wildlife drive. These scenic routes also remain open on Thanksgiving. Find many other trails in the National Wildlife Refuge System here.


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