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“Name should be changed to National Bird Refuge” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge
Grand Blanc, Mi
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324 reviews
115 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
“Name should be changed to National Bird Refuge”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2014

A pleasant drive (about 8 miles) through the refuge, but DON'T expect to see wildlife other than birds. This place was made to be a birding refuge for migrating birds and it is spectacular as such. Just don't expect deer and bears and the like to run across the road in front of you.

Visited April 2014
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Conway, Arkansas, United States
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133 reviews
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“Great Place to Run, Okay Place to Hike”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2013

The Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge is mainly meant for hunters, so if you are here for hiking or wildlife observation you might feel disappointed. However, as a runner I can say that Holla Bend is a great place to run as well. The 10+ miles worth of dirt roads going through the refuge make for a great place to train for anyone doing a half marathon or marathon. My suggestion would be to visit Holla Bend NWR if you are a runner or a hunter, but if you are a hiker than only visit after you have visited surrounding attractions such as Mount Nebo State Park or Petit Jean State Park.

Visited November 2013
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Hot Springs, Arkansas
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12 reviews
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“Eagles, eagles, eagles!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2012

Less than an hour's drive from Hot S[rings or Little Rock, Holla Bend is a must-do day trip for the dead of winter.
As the weather gets coder, more eagles can be seen.

Bring binoculars or better yet a spotting scope, a sack snack & thermos of coffee and prepare to spend a lot of time slow driving down gravel roads through cut over corn flieds, etc. Where there is grain, there are geese, Where there are geese, there are eagles. Holla Bend is the wide open space around an oxbow lake with unlimited sightings on a lucky day. One year I saw a hawk and 2 armadillos, but then again another time I saw 18 eagles. With a spotter scope you can get close enough to see them blink! Again, this is a dead of winter day trip. Dare to go and you might get really lucky. No eagles, head for Petit Jean State Park Mather Lodge-15 min. away-for a great meal in their restaurant and some mountain trail hiking.

Visited January 2012
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