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, Oregon 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 best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
1.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
13 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

wildlife

no dogs

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.

12 days ago

nice hike to show the kids the marsh land.

28 days ago

1 month ago

Its just not for me. Half of the trail is a wood plank path over the marshes with chicken wire laid down for traction. The wire is wearing out and sticks out random sharp edges for you to get caught on. The other half of the trail is a path with dried hay cut down to ankle height for you to make your way through.
If this was better maintained, this could be a nice place to spend 15 minutes or so, but that's about it.

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

walking
4 months ago

Not a well maintained trail. Didn't like walking through the grass as tall as me.

walking
4 months ago

Brought our 2 1/2 year old. He had fun and it was easy enough for him to walk all the way around. Fun walk with lots to see and hear.

4 months ago

4 months ago

walking
5 months ago

Really beautiful and peaceful. I took my 7 year old but I think I'd like to come back alone and just soak in the scenery and birdsong.

walking
5 months ago

Correction: no trail running. Hiking is a stretch, it's actually a walking environment. I took a picture of a sign at the beginning of the trail (located in the image section) that literally says, no running. It's understandable because it's a conservatory established by the Audubon society and many bird watchers come here. It might be nice to provide a more accurate description, seeing as I came here specifically to run. A bit disappointing. Fun for a possibly leisurely stroll with grandma, or finicky children.

Easy hike with little ones. Park of the trail was closed for season in mid march. Was about 1.50miles on the bridge with littles.

9 months ago

The boardwalk trail is phenomenal and gorgeous! Parts will flood at high waters, please use common sense during these times.

11 months ago

11 months ago

hiking
Sunday, July 17, 2016

Great walk for kids!

walking
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Friday, June 24, 2016

walking
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Great spot!

hiking
Wednesday, March 23, 2016