5K Your Way event planned at refuge


The public is invited to connect with nature while getting some exercise from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday during the 5K Your Way event at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, 12985 E. U.S. 50, Seymour.

Hikers may walk any of five refuge trails featured for this event. Maps and distances of the trails can be picked up at the visitor center. Volunteers will be stationed at the designated trails to share information about special trail features and to hand out completion gifts. The event will help celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week.

The Hunt-Richart Trail at 0.88 miles wanders through a beech forest to a gazebo on the lake. The road to Mini Marsh (1.3 miles round trip) is level terrain, goes over Mutton Creek to Mini Marsh and is the best trail for bird watching on the refuge.

The true exercise enthusiast can combine Turkey-Bird Trails (1.68 miles) and stop at exercise station signs to get a full workout. Wood Duck Trail at 0.59 miles is truly a forest trail with many types of beautiful large trees. The closed area loop walk (about 2.4 miles) is only open to walk-in visitors during National Wildlife Refuge Week (Oct. 8 to 15).

Wheelchair and stroller pushers may use the Chestnut Ridge and Discovery Pond paved trails and pick up their gifts at the visitor center.

For information, visit muscatatuck.org, stop by the refuge visitor center or email [email protected].

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