Explore the most popular walking trails in William L Finley National Wildlife Refuge with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Woodpecker Loop Trail is one of my favorite trails at Finley. It's short, but very beautiful and enjoyable. I like to hike all the way around 1 way and then turn around go and hike it in reverse. Doing that, you'll get about 2 and a 1/2 miles in. Great trail, good mix of trees and open sky. Lots of wildflowers in the spring and early summer.

28 days ago

My new favorite trail! Highly recommended...

Not my favorite trail. Very rough and muddy. I turned around and went back about halfway through because I really wasn’t enjoying it very much.

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1 month ago

I took this loop to learn about 100 different native weeds, flowers, plants and trees. The trail has quite a bit of poison oak, best to stick well to the trail. A stream and 2 ponds (1 with a bench) are along this trail so good chance to spot frogs. Of coarse, this is a goodly place for birding.

5 months ago

Nice trail for walking or birding, but there are signs posted around the parking asking people not to run on the trails. Too bad.

7 months ago

easy trail. only saw 4 other people on a Sunday on a 2 hour walk.

11 months ago

Good nature trail to walk on. Gives good views of the marsh

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Short, easy walk through a beautiful wooded area, ending in a great observation point over the wetlands. Many varieties of birds and smaller animals.

We enjoyed a nice walk there. There were no other people around.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Great trail right off the head quarter's parking lot. Several large muddy/standing water areas that required more careful management if people were concerned with muddy or wet shoes. This trail also links to the Woodpecker Loop for a longer hike.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Pretty short hike, but worth it. I did it close to sunset and it was very pretty. But the park closes at dusk

Thursday, April 27, 2017

I recorded the one-way hike from the gated road at the parking lot. I tried going the boardwalk way first, but encountered high water. Really nice walk! I think I had the whole refuge to myself this afternoon!

Sunday, July 03, 2016

This is an appealing "out of the way" small wildlife refuge in a bend of the Willamette River. Only 2.5 flat miles out and back but offering peaceful scenery, wildlife viewing opportunities and just a nice, short, enjoyable outing. Peoria road is close by and road noise will sometimes interfere with what is otherwise a rather intimate setting.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Great hike for the family. Short and very easy.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

This is a beautiful trail. Near the top of the hill, you'll have a lovely view overlooking the willamette valley. There are benches around a large oak at that overlook (great place for birdwatching), and a little later in the trail by a stunning reflecting pool. Be aware, there are many critters along this path, so watch for the snakes, deer, elk, and birds!

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