16 Great Thanksgiving Hikes
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.