Visit Hirundo

Hours: Trails are open every day from dawn to dusk.

Parking:  available at Gates 1, 2 and 3.

Periodically, Gate 1 may be closed for routine maintenance, or inclement weather. Planned closures will be posted on the Refuge’s website and Facebook page.

Gate 1 is open for car traffic: 

Summer Hours
April 15 – October 31 – Wednesday through Sunday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Winter Hours
November 1 to January 31- Friday through Sunday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

There is no charge or admission fees. We welcome your donations, for your support will enable us to maintain this invaluable resource for everyone’s use.

Hirundo’s wilderness can be taken at your own pace, or you may choose to join a group tour or participate in one of our many programs.

Hirundo offers:

  • Canoeing on Pushaw and Dead Streams, either as part of our guided tour or on your own
  • Geocaching
  • Seven miles of hiking trails
  • Three Interpretive Trails with self-guided brochures
  • Snowshoeing  and Cross Country Skiing in winter
  • Diverse plants, abundant wildlife, and birds all seasons of the year
  • Inspiration for nature photography
  • Environmental programs for families and schools

A late fall paddle at Hirundo


• Sign the guest registry at Gate 1, 2, 3 or 6
• Call 1 day in advance to reserve canoes (no canoes available on Mondays & Tuesdays)

No pets
No smoking or fires
No shooting or trapping
No motor driven vehicles or bicycles
No digging, picking flowers or rocks
Carry in / carry out


What lies behind the Gates? Stay posted for more …

Beyond Gate 1 and down the 1/2 mile long the dirt road is the Pine Tree parking area. From here it is only a few hundred feet to Lac D’or. Along the shore are benches to enjoy the wildlife in and around the lake. The trail heads of the Wabanaki, Pushaw Stream, Big Spring and Thornplum trails are also just a few steps away.

Pushaw Stream,  Pond, White Pine and Conifer Trails are located on the west side of LacD’or. All trails beyond Gates 1, 2, & 3 interconnect. The Pushaw Stream Trail follows the stream and has a short steep portion on the southern end. It connects with Pond, White Pine and Conifer Trails creating loops between 0.9 to 1.7 miles. Time commitment approximately 45-60 minutes, depending on route chosen. All of these trails are forested and easy. Note: trail portion by the floodplain forest floods during high water conditions. Self-guided interpretive Trail.

Trails north of Rte. 43 are interconnected as are the trails beyond Gate 6 (south of Rte. 43).

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