William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge

When: Year-round. Certain trails are closed from January through April for bird nesting protection. Cost: Free , , , , ,

Why we love it

Finley National Wildlife Refuge has 5,325 acres of protected forest, meadows, and wetlands, along with an additional 341 acres at the Snag Boat Bend unit on the Willamette River. Finley is a refuge for the dusky Canadian geese and other birds and wildlife. Habitats range from wetlands to upland oak savanna; the refuge is a hotspot for a diverse array of birdlife, mammals and plants. There are 12 miles of trail that meander through each of these habitats and there are a plethora of wildlife to be seen. The refuge also provides opportunities to explore the cultural history of the area. Interpretive signs mark vast camas fields, once tended by the native Kalapuya people, and the 1855 Fiechter House, said to be the oldest building in Benton County, which provides a glimpse at the lives of European settlers and marks the track of the Applegate trail which runs through the refuge as well.

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