Find a Trail

Ridgefield is home to an expansive trail network showing off our natural resources and wildlife. This collection of trail information is ever growing.

Connect on Strava

To find short trail segments connecting to subdivisions around town, download the Strava app, create an account (hint: you can skip the free trial and go right to the free version), and Follow the City of Ridgefield. Go to the City of Ridgefield profile on Strava and click "Activities" to browse trail segments. Instructions to use Strava on a browser (PDF).

Use the interactive map below to find a park, trail, or recreation facility near you! (Hint: you can expand the map using the rectangle in the top right corner)

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Trails

The Refuge offers multiple trails on varying terrain for visitors enjoyment. Daily entrance fees are required.

Oaks to Wetlands Trail

  • Open Year-round, daily
  • The Oaks to Wetlands trail is located on the Carty Unit of the Refuge. The trail has several internal loops and offers hiking distances of less than a mile to over 2 miles. The Cathlapotle Plankhouse may be viewed from this trail.

Kiwa Trail

  • Seasonal Closure
  • A 1.5-mile loop with wildlife as the star attraction. Experienced birders can identify 40 to 50 species in a single morning.

Carty Lake Trail

  • Open May 1 - September 30
  • The Carty Lake Trail entrance is located at the Port of Ridgefield. The trail system offers Port visitors a free path to the Lake River overlook. Beyond there, visitors can go on the fee-entry seasonal trail to the Cathlapotle Plankhouse, the Oaks to Wetlands Trail System and Refuge Office. Visitors can connect back to town by exiting the refuge at Main Avenue and walking along the newly improved pedestrian path for a 5-mile loop trail system through the Refuge, City and Port.
  • Please note: Refuge Trails are a fee area and no dogs are allowed.

Lewis River to Vancouver Lake Water Trail

A 32 mile water trail that stretches from Lewis River to Vancouver Lake, includes the entire stretch of Lake River, and passes right through the heart of Ridgefield.

View the trip recommendation on Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership.

Suggested Loops on City Trails

Below is a curated list of possible loops to be walked in the trail network.

Abrams Park Loop Option 1 MapWalk Length: 1 mileAbrams Park in downtown Ridgefield is one of the 'gems' in the Ridgefield Park System. Abrams has several trails to explore.

Abrams Park Loop Option 1This highlights one possible walk. This route started at the parking lot at the entrance into the park at the end of Abrams Park Road. On the trail in the park you will pass a children's playground, the 'Frank Burris Stage', cross a couple of wooden foot bridges, stroll through Mayor's Meadow and get to see the iconic 'Lefty's' Barn. You leave the trail at Lefty's Barn and will need to walk on the shoulder of Pioneer Road for a short distance to get you onto a sidewalk. Take a right onto S 8th Avenue to the end of the road to the short trail that will take you down onto the sidewalk along Abrams Park Road towards the park entrance. Cross at the crosswalk at the end of the sidewalk. Cross the short wooden bridge and turn right at the fork to get right back to the start of this route.

This trail surface varies from crushed rock, dirt, pavement, concrete and shredded bark.