Hello again hikers:
I haven't been here for a while...lovely Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge described as follows:
Just twenty miles west of Boston lies an oasis for wildlife—the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Roughly 85 percent of the refuge’s more than 3,800 acres is composed of valuable freshwater wetlands stretching along 12 miles of the Concord and Sudbury Rivers. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service protects and manages Great Meadows as nesting, resting, and feeding habitat for wildlife, with special emphasis on migratory birds. The diversity of plant and animal life visible from refuge trails provides visitors with excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing and nature study.
We'll meet in the Concord parking area:
Travel to this area by following Route 62 east from Concord Center toward Bedford. After about one mile, turn left onto Monsen Road. Continue on Monsen Road until you see refuge entrance on the left.
$1 per person towards my Meetup fees. NO DOGS allowed, sorry.
Maybe the ice cream shop will be open by this weekend...to reward ourselves after the walk. I don't know the trails so we'll be exploring, I anticipate about a 90 minute to 2 hour walk...Dike trail (see map below)..Bring water, sunscreen, hat and snacks as it's around lunchtime...and binoculars/bird and plant guides if you like as this is a great birdwatching place with great biodiversity.