The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Trails
- Oak to Wetlands Trail: A 2.1-mile loop on an established path that travels through a rich array of wildlife, waterfowl, and colorful wildflowers
- Gee Creek Exploration Trail: Provides an alternative to the established path. The trail isn’t officially maintained for hikers, but this portion of the Refuge is open to the public
- Kiwa Trail: A 1.5-mile loop with wildlife as the star attraction. Experienced birders can identify 40 to 50 species in a single morning.
- The Refuge also offers a GeoAdventure: a free group activity kit that includes a GPS unit and a bag of clues designed for ages 12 and up.
Abrams Park is a local access point for Gee Creek which is a 4th order tributary to the Columbia River. The creek is named for William Gee, an early pioneer upon whose land the stream arose. The lowest segment of Gee Creek meanders for three miles through the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge.
In the spring of 2006, the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service and Washington State University, Clark County Extension initiated the Gee Creek Watershed Restoration project, a joint effort to provide new funding to support and expand watershed enhancement efforts. The project was completed in partnership with the Gee Creek Enhancement Committee, Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, the Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership, the City of Ridgefield, schools, and local residents. Federal, state and county agencies provided advice and assistance. Currently, additional funding sources are being sought to sustain watershed restoration work in the years ahead.
Lower Columbia River Water Trail
Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation, in partnership with more than 18
agencies and organizations, led an effort to develop a plan for providing greater access to and increased knowledge of the waterways in western Clark County. The launch point is located at Ridgefield Boat Launch, located at the end of Mill Street and Lake River. The plan mapped and designed the water trail through the lowland areas of the Lewis River, Lake River, Bachelor Slough, Vancouver Lake and a portion of the Lower Columbia River. Download the Water Trail Guide here.
Whipple Creek Regional Park
This 300-acre regional park is located off NW 179th St. West of the Clark County Fairgrounds. The park’s primary is 4.3 miles of trails that cater to hikers and horseback riders alike. Please check out Whipple Creek Regional Park for more information.
Historic Walking Tour
Old Town Ridgefield is the home to many historical sites including homes, churches, theaters, banks, and City Hall. A guide for a self-led walking tour can be downloaded here.