Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge: Rail Trail Loop

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Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge: Rail Trail Loop is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Jefferson, OR that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is accessible from April until October.

1.4 miles 15 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

wildlife

Take two boardwalk trails in this guide for some amazing bird watching in this beautiful wildlife refuge south of Salem This wildlife refuge just south of Salem is home to a wide variety of bird species. In this guide you will find two very nice boardwalk trails through wetlands that lead to covered bird blinds for wildlife viewing. Make sure you bring a camera with a good zoom lens and some binoculars.

1 month ago

hiking
4 months ago

Great walk for kids!

5 months ago

walking
5 months ago

Great spot!

9 months ago

Loved the bridge hiking. Needs some work on some of it but different kind of hike.

hiking
9 months ago

Super fun

walking
10 months ago

We went with the kids today, we have one child that has foot / ankle issues so it was wonderful to be able to include her on a "hike"

We saw lots of birds, and were in awe of the swamps. We will definitely do this one again.

birding
11 months ago

Nice to see water at Ankeny NWR. Last year was very dry. More people than birds. Frozen marsh was beautiful. Wish people knew to be quiet in birding areas...

walking
1 year ago

Definitely for strolling. It's lovely. There is a raised wooden footpath through a marsh. Lots of birds: ducks, geese mostly but did see a bald eagle and listened to a lovely little bird singing. I have gone in the winter and early spring and I plan to return in the fall to enjoy the changing colors of the leaves.

birding
1 year ago

Quaint little boardwalk, but not a lot to offer for someone who isn't very interested in birds.

It was a pleasant walk but nothing more, but there weren't many birds around, maybe because of the time of year? I'm not sure, but someone who knows birds would know for sure.

No plans on coming back. :)

walking
2 years ago

A very simple walk, not a hike. Was good for a nice picnic lunch and a leisurely stroll.

2 years ago

I have to say it is a walk not really a hike but it is perfect for kids and families to have a nice walk and see some wonderful sites. My middle child is blind and really enjoyed the fact that she could use her cane and be completely independent and confident in herself to lead the way. She really enjoys listening to all the animals and nature sounds that you can hear out there. There are very few hikes that she can do and this is one of my favorites to take her on.

hiking
3 years ago

Beautiful and peaceful stroll. I wouldn't call this trail a hike, but don't let this deter you. It's relaxing with lots to see. Would be great for kids! Took me about 50 minutes to complete. There are a couple great spots along the way for a picnic.

walking
3 years ago

This is pretty tame. It's possible for you to use a stroller on the majority of this walk. Which, if that's what you're looking for, is pretty great. If it's not, you have a few options to extend your adventures - but not much. Fun for a quick afternoon with kids : tadpoles, frogs, birds, wildlife, etc.

birding
4 years ago

Its a very nice place, super easy totally ADA accessible. Nice boardwalk around most of it. During the right time of year tons of birds. Better for sight seeing, not so much for hiking or exploring.

4 years ago

Nice little hike along a boardwalk, but if you are looking to do a hike like this a better bet is Finnley Wildlife Refuge a bit further south. I made the mistake of walking past the boardwalk and into the forest portion of the trail that was full of mud in a small section, probably will be dried out by end of May.

Did see a ton of geese though across the street from the boardwalk hike.

hiking
5 years ago

A simple out & back no elevation change at all. Really cool boardwalk out to a observation blind. I took my daughters (8 & 1.5 years) it was a fun little stretch of the legs