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Merced National Wildlife Refuge

#1 of 17 things to do in Merced Features Animals
7430 W. Sandy Mush Rd, On State Hwy 59, then 8 miles west on Sandy Mush Road, Merced, CA 93635
+1 209-826-3508
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nature seekers

this is one area where one can go and enjoy nature at its best. One can take pictures of the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
George C
Hawks, Squirrels and Rabbits

Lets be real, there is not a ton to do in Merced. I found myself there for a day and was pleasantly... read more

Reviewed 1 June 2017
just_that_fast
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Pacific Grove, California
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good23%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
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7430 W. Sandy Mush Rd, On State Hwy 59, then 8 miles west on Sandy Mush Road, Merced, CA 93635
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+1 209-826-3508
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Reviewed 1 week ago

this is one area where one can go and enjoy nature at its best. One can take pictures of the beautiful area and its many denizens that reside there

Thank George C
Reviewed 1 June 2017

Lets be real, there is not a ton to do in Merced. I found myself there for a day and was pleasantly surprised by this park. There is a 5 mile look you can drive with three small hikes along the way. Even though the...More

1  Thank just_that_fast
Reviewed 21 May 2017

We needed to kill a few hours in the Merced area, and this came up highly rated on Trip Advisor. We enjoyed our visit. Be aware that there's not much there - no visitor center, a couple of picnic tables and pit toilets. There was...More

1  Thank LauraG050
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Stopped here while on our way to Merced. The five-mile auto loop is great for birders. Drive carefully as rabbits are everywhere.

Thank ssdirotm
Reviewed 2 February 2017

We arrived at 6:30am in time for the 7:05am sunrise. The sky was bright orange with the rising sun; Spoonies, Pintails, Coots, Snow Geese, Ross Geese, lots of bunnies, Redwing Blackbirds, Great Egrets, all adding to the beauty of the water reflecting the pink and...More

2  Thank RosalieBelmont
Reviewed 30 December 2016

Short loop drive and great opportunity for kids to learn nature photography and observe birds and animals.

Thank Christina L
Reviewed 10 December 2016

In the appropriate season and time of day, Merced NWR is full of birds. The driving loops are well done and the refuge headquarters is quite interesting. We plane to return in the spring.

Thank czych
Reviewed 9 December 2016

I have seen and photographed more birds in Merced than in any place else I have been. I have been to Hawaii, Alaska, Indiana, ND, OH, and FL to name a few. I was informed by a ranger that Merced has the largest migration of...More

Thank bcake250
Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

It was THE BEST sunset. I want to go again and again. Merced's hidden treasure. It's only 8 miles outside of town. You venture down a road that has wide open spaces of rangeland, right when you think you've gone too far you'll reach it....More

Thank HBBrooke
Reviewed 15 October 2016

If you just to get out of the house on a winter day, this is the perfect place for a run or a walk, and time to talk with whoever you're with. Complete quiet . You are alone. Just go .

Thank sas626
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