CAUTION: Using a GPS navigation system will sometimes NOT bring you to the Visitor Center. Please follow driving directions below Directions from I-20 Eastbound: Exit at Waverly (exit 157). Turn left onto Hwy 577 North. After approximately 1½ -2 miles, turn right onto Hwy 80 East. After approximately 8 miles, turn right onto Quebec Road. Follow Quebec Road for approximately 11 miles and the visitor center and headquarters are on the left. Directions from I-20 Westbound: Exit at Tallulah (exit 171). Turn right onto Hwy 65 North and drive approximately 2 miles into Tallulah. Turn left between the courthouse and Popeyes onto Hwy 80 West. After approximately 7 miles, turn left onto Quebec Road. Follow Quebec Road for approximately 11 miles and the visitor center and headquarters are on the left.

Massive, primitive, woodsy, and watery are all appropriate descriptors for the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge. Its bottomland hardwood forests contain over 400 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Nearly 200 species of birds alone have been recorded here. 

The best birding introduction is along the raised boardwalk nature trail at the refuge headquarters. This trail traverses forest and ends at an observation deck overlooking managed wetlands. The wetlands and the open waters of the site's bayous, sloughs, and oxbow lakes host a range of wintering waterfowl. Some 17 species of geese and ducks have been recorded here, including Ross's and Cackling Geese, Hooded Merganser, Common Goldeneye, and the Common and Purple Gallinules. Wading bird activity is especially high during spring, summer, and fall, with many species of egrets, herons, and ibises. 

Forested areas also host a robust, rotating year-round bird community, with spring/summer nesting species such as Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Red-shouldered Hawk, Acadian and Acadian and Great-crested Flycatchers, and Eastern Kingbird. Deep-forest nesting species include Yellow-throated and Red-eyed Vireos, Wood Thrush and Eastern Towhee. Nesting warbler species include Prothonotary, Swainson's, American Redstart, and Northern Parula. Nearctic forest birds that overwinter here include Sharp-shinned Hawk, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Blue-headed Vireo, and American Goldfinch. Woodland edges and grasslands host nesting Eastern Bluebird, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo and Painted Buntings, and Dickcissel. 

Amenities include parking, directional/interpretive/identification signage, nature trails, and boat launches. Restrooms are available at the refuge headquarters.