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#OptOutside on Black Friday!

Over 2.4 million Americans have pledged to #OptOutside this upcoming Black Friday. If you are considering places to visit, don’t forget about your nearest national wildlife refuge. There is one within an hour of most people in the U.S. You can go hiking, hunting, fishing, birding, take photos, and so much more!

Below we’ve highlighted beautiful refuges across the country that you can explore this upcoming Black Friday!

Great Swamp NWR (C) Adam
Great Swamp NWR (C) Adam

Go Hiking at Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge (New Vernon, New Jersey) 

Do you want to get out of New York City after Thanksgiving? Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, located in New Vernon, NJ is only an hour away! The refuge has over 11 miles of trails, three wildlife observation blinds and a wildlife overlook. The best places to see birds and animals is on Pleasant Plains Road and on the boardwalks at the Wildlife Observation Center. It’s a great place to go hiking with friends and family.

 

Okefenokee NWR (C) Canoe-Kayak.com
Okefenokee NWR (C) Canoe-Kayak.com

Go Kayaking at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (Folkston, Georgia)

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, also known as the “Land of Trembling Earth” in Folkston, Georgia, is only 1.5 hours away from Jacksonville, Florida. There are three main entrances into the refuge, each with their own unique character. If you visit their main entrance, Suwannee Canal Recreation Area, you can go on a guided boat tour, rent canoes/kayaks, and hike on the upland trails with Outdoor Adventures. They have something for everyone. Don’t forget your binoculars!

Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR (C) Ian Shive
Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR (C) Ian Shive

See Our National Mammal at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge (Denver, Colorado)

 Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Denver, Colorado, is a beautiful place to see our national mammal, the American Bison. Invite your family out to the refuge and take a guided audio tour on wildlife drive to see mule deer, white-tailed deer, migrating waterfowl, bald eagles and the adorable prairie dogs.

Don Edwards NWR (c) Ian Shive
Don Edwards NWR (c) Ian Shive

Go Biking at Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge (San Francisco, California)

Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge located in-between San Francisco and San Jose, California is a perfect place to burn off those calories from Thanksgiving. With over 30 miles of trails, many of which accommodate bikes, you can take advantage of #OptOutside. There is also a public fishing pier located at the end of Marshlands Road at the refuge headquarters in Fremont. You can catch rays, leopard sharks, white sturgeon, striped bass and other fish, but please make sure that you follow California state fishing regulations.

Hart Mountain NWR (C) USFWS
Hart Mountain NWR (C) USFWS

Go Hunting at Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge (Plush, Oregon)

 National Wildlife Refuges across the country provide incredible opportunities for people to hunt on public lands. At Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, hunting season is open between August and early January. They provide high quality hunting opportunities for pronghorn, mule deer, bighorn sheep, and chukar partridge. Go find your solitude at Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

Aransas NWR (C) USFWS
Aransas NWR (C) USFWS

Go Birding at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge (Austwell, Texas)

Do you want to see whooping cranes? Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is the place for you! There are many trails, boardwalks and overlooks to see incredible wildlife at this beautiful wild refuge located 1.5 hours outside of Corpus Christi in Texas. Bring your cameras!

Detroit River NWR (C) Ian Shive
Detroit River NWR (C) Ian Shive

Seek Solitude at Detroit River National Wildlife Refuge (Detroit, Michigan)

30 minutes outside of Detroit is Detroit River National Wildlife Refuge. It is a place for communities to come together, to get away from the city life and enjoy the great outdoors. Detroit River National Wildlife Refuge has great hiking, fishing and bird watching opportunities for all to enjoy.

Will you join us by visiting your nearest National Wildlife Refuge?

Find Your Nearest Refuge Here!

Tag the Refuge Association in your #OptOutside posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We can’t wait to see you outside on a national wildlife refuge! As always, have fun out there!

Permanent link to this article: http://refugeassociation.org/2016/11/optoutside-with-the-national-wildlife-refuge-association/

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