Monday, July 30, 2018

Hiking the National Wildlife Refuge

Last week my sister and I had an opportunity to hike at a National Wildlife Refuge.  I admit we should have taken more photos of the gorgeous land and visitors center (which was more like an education center), but we didn't think about sharing it on the blog at the time.


There were many different trails on the refuge but I think the outer loop was a 10 mile loop.  We hiked on our own without a map and ended up doing 8 miles.



                                                  The refuge had this great boardwalk area.


There was also this great overlook that was up in a high tower. I know from the pic it doesn't look like it was up high, but it was.



Among all the wild life we did see, we saw this rather large turtle.  We thought maybe he needed a little help because it looked like he was stuck in the mud. In the end we thought it was better to let him keep on trying! 


                                           A great stretch of  paved trail to run on.


                                                Some fun things we saw along the trails.


We finally made it to the visitor's/education center.  We walked around and looked at the exhibits, grabbed a drink, and emptied some stones out of our shoes.  This was actually a great place to sit in the air conditioning for a while before turning around and heading back on the trail. 

What's your favorite nature trail like?



We will be linking up with the gals from TOTR.

18 comments:

  1. I didn't realize there was another trail that went all the way down the East Coast! I did google it and it looks like some of it goes through cities too, so not all trail. But still really cool! Did you see any snakes? There is a nice trail around Lake Wildwood near Harrisburg Area Community College. There is a nature center to. Debby takes the kids there a lot.

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  2. This looks like a fun place to hike! I've never hiked a nature trail. There are some places nearby but not super close so I would have to get really motivated to drive out there.

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    1. Some of the best places to run are worth driving to!

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  3. Wow that looks beautiful! We've got trails around here that I run up to 18 miles on (could go further) but we've never hiked there more than a few miles.

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  4. That's really a beautiful trail. I wish we had something like that where I live!

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  5. This is what I love about the eastern part of the U.S. - amazing greenways to hike and run on! What a neat adventure.

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  6. I've never heard of that either but of course now I have to investigate it. Cool!

    I wish we had more trails closer to us. We have some nice ones, just not close. There's one very short one along a river that I love -- I wish it was longer & I'd run there more often!

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  7. That's so interesting! I've never heard of the East Coast Greenway and a "complimentary route" actually goes right through my town! I definitely need to do some investigating.

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  8. Wait... was that bird real at one point? It looks MASSIVE!!!!!

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    1. No it's was not real. I believe it was made with metal.

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  9. I never heard of that trail, and it really looks nice. I haven't come across turtles here, and the main wildlife I've seen are birds. Thankfully the moose are mostly off the trails.

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  10. That looks like a really pretty trail! I hadn’t heard of it before.

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  11. Beautiful pictures! What a great trail to hike.
    I love any trail for hiking really. There's something so relaxing about walking a trail!

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  12. I have not gone hiking in so long. Looks like a beautiful place to do it

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  13. Looks like an awesome place to explore and so cool that it goes all up the coast.

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  14. This looks like a great adventure! The turtle is cute ;-)

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  15. How cool! This looks like a lot of fun! I wonder if the turtle was laying eggs? My mom and dad have turtles that come in their yard to lay eggs and they do something similar to that when they are laying eggs!

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