December 29, 2012 · 11:00 AM
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Hi everyone - last time we hiked this refuge it was 80 degrees - let's see what this day brings - weather and trail permitting, of course. - - looks like they are open year round - sunrise to sunset.
Thurman Smith will lead.
A little more detail follows:
This walk is the most enjoyable way to visit the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, which stretches more than 10 miles along the Concord River. A loop that can typically be done in one hour (but more if you stop frequently to watch wildlife), it starts on a large dike across open wetlands, and returns through a path in the woods. An observation tower will give you unobstructed views over the entire area
Here are the detailed directions: From the parking lot, you can first climb up the observation tower; then, walk past the gate and onto the main trail across the wetlands. In winter and spring, sections of the trail can be submerged, making it impassable if you have regular walking or hiking shoes; calf-high rubber boots are generally enough to cross in these conditions Walk down the trail until you reach the river; then turn right on the trail (the trail on the left allows you a short walk on the other side but it ends on private land) Follow the trail along the wetlands and turn right to enter the woods You soon reach a large unpaved road; take it to the right to walk back to the Refuge entrance