At the gateway to the Columbia River Gorge, this 1,049-acre refuge has a level 2.75-mile hiking path
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Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
Find your nature escape at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, located less than 20 miles north of Vancouver USA. Whether you are an avid bird watcher, a Native American history enthusiast, or simply enjoy being outdoors, the more than 5,200 acres of marshes, lakes, and grassland offers a variety of activities.
Drive the scenic route on the River ‘S’ Discovery Auto Tour—a one-way, 4.2-mile loop on graveled road that is open every day to vehicles during daylight hours. Find the audio track online or at the Visitor’s Station. Hikers can meander off on the Kiwa Seasonal Trail or the two-mile Oaks to Wetlands Trail that is open year-round. A kayak and canoe water route borders the refuge for a relaxing wildlife paddle. Rent your choice of floating vessel at Ridgefield Kayak.
Take a pit stop at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse to find tangible links to the original stewards of the area—the Chinookan Peoples of the Lower Columbia River. Educational and cultural events are held at the house throughout the year; open to the public on weekends from spring to fall. Other events at the refuge include the annual Birdfest & Bluegrass in early October and naturalist led birding hikes. One-hundred and eighty species of birds—including Canada Geese, Sandhill Cranes, Great Blue Herons, swans, shore and song birds, and a variety of waterfowl—all migrate through the wetlands, stopping to rest and feed.
For more information, visit the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge website.
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