Posted by Jessie K / Tuesday, October 6, 2015 / No comments / Family Fun , Kid Friendly , Nature Center , Oklahoma , Paved Trail , Places to See , Things to Do , Walking Trail , Wildife , Wildlife Refuge
Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Stigler, OK
We spent a beautiful day at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Stigler, OK. These 20,800 acres within the Arkansas River Valley Flood Plain are part of the National Wildlife Refuge System and is home to a unique habit of plants, birds, and other wildlife. It was an absolutely beautiful place, and one that we look forward to visiting again in the Spring!
Activities: All activities are free of charge and no prior notice is required to visit. The visitor center is fairly small but it does have a few exhibits and visitor information, including maps that come in handy if you'll be walking or driving around this vast area! There's a few short but very interesting paved walking trails. However, our favorite part was the 6 mile auto tour route in what allows you to see so much of the refuge right from your vehicle! We rolled down the windows, unbuckled our seat belts, and took a very slow drive around the refuge. Really incredible views you guys! We saw frogs, snakes, turtles, deer, and lots of different species of birds. We really appreciate the conservation efforts of the SNWR!
(More info and directions at the bottom of post)
The Visitor Center
Directions: The refuge is approximately 150 miles east of Oklahoma City, and 35 miles west of Fort Smith, Arkansas, off of Interstate 40. Take the Vian exit (# 297) from I-40, follow county road three miles south to refuge headquarters (follow the signs).
Hours of Operation:
Headquarters: Open Mon-Fri 7:30am-4:00pm (closed on federal holidays)
Refuge: Open 7 days a week 5am-Sunset
Fishing and Hunting: Fishing is allowed to the public in all areas of the refuge. Hunting is regulated. Please see the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge official webpage for hunting regulations, HERE.
Official Website: HERE