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Reformatory Branch Trail

The rugged and beautiful Reformatory Branch Trail meanders more than 4 miles through three natural areas: Elm Brook Conservation Area, Mary Putnam Webber Wildlife Preserve, and Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. It is the perfect route for escaping the city to rediscover nature.

We will meet in Concord Mass and Car Pool To the Bedford Mass location, this is where we will start the 4.5 mile trip back to Concord.



Distance: 4.5 miles

Elevation: Flat

Time: 4 Hours +/-

Type Of Hike: One Way

Bring A Friend: Yes 1

Dogs: Yes A Leashed Dog, But Please Let Me Know.



What Every Tortoise Needs To Know Before Hiking

Check On The Weather Up To 10 Days Before Hike

More Detailed Trail Information



Parking: To access the trailhead in Concord, take Interstate 495 to State Route 2 east toward Concord. In town, turn left on SR 2A east/Elm Street, which soon becomes Main Street. Park in the lot behind the Concord Visitor Center (64 Main Street) then follow the road directly behind the visitor center to the trailhead at Lowell Street.

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  • Laura S

    Outstanding group; excellent hike; ok weather. A BIG THANK YOU to Michael for organizing this - everyone had such a blast! Looking forward to more.

    1 · April 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry that I could not make the Reformatory Trail. Family member end up in the hospital and I need to be there for her. I am looking forward to the next meet up.

    April 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    so sorry I wanted to go - my daughters came for me in the am -- surprise Birthday out - no chance to contact anyone - Looks like everyone had a great time - I do hope to meetup soon - seen so many meetups are in NH - hope another not too far as I have to make arrangements for my 91 yr old mom living with me I'm her caregiver -- I am so looking forward to getting out there for me and get into better shape -- just turned 64 ! Need to refurbish this old gal ! LOL

    April 19, 2014

  • jan r.

    Thanks Michael for being our leader today. Had a great time with a great group of people. Look forward to seeing everyone again on a future hike.

    April 18, 2014

  • Mike P

    Awesome NH bacon :)

    April 18, 2014

  • Michael C.

    Had a great time with some of my fellow Tortoise Hikers today, can't wait for the next one.

    April 18, 2014

  • Kathy H

    Easy hike with a nice group of people. Thank you Michael!

    April 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry to have missed this - an especially to have forgotten to change rsvp!

    April 18, 2014

  • Sara C

    Sorry something important came up and I won't be able to attend. See you at Blue Hills!

    1 · April 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I'd like to bring my dog - She'll be leashed...Thanks.

    April 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is my first time with this group. I am looking forward to meeting everyone. The trail looks so beautiful.

    1 · March 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    There's a nice bunch of people to meet, over manageable lovely terrain & it's less than an hour drive from home - what more could you ask for?! Looking forward to it!

    1 · March 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    this sounds so wonderful and especially it's my 64th birthday that day. I had planned on getting out of town that day - with my elderly mom. I will do this for me, and leave the next day ! Looking forward to meeting you all -- chris

    March 3, 2014

  • Amy T

    I love to hike

    March 1, 2014

  • Marilyn J

    Is anyone coming from the Portsmouth area to carpool?

    March 1, 2014

  • Marilyn J

    Michael - I will be bringing my dog - 17lb terrier

    March 1, 2014

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