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Great Bay Wildlife Refuge

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  • Great Bay Wildlife Refuge

    78 Arboretum Drive, Newington, NH (map)

    43.094849 -70.831406

  • Refuge parking lot, picnic table. Drive all the way to the end of the road!!

    Location: Do not rely on your GPS.  Take Arboretum at the traffic circle and follow refuge signs for 3 miles. Continue driving all the way down Arboretum until you reach the parking lot, trails and facilities. Your GPS will not recognize that you need to continue driving all the way to the end of the Arboretum. See Map Below.

    1. Attendees are advised to secure your own directions and parking. 
    2. Meet at the PARKING LOT
    3. Be on time or early, meetup starts promptly. 
    4. Meetup cancels in the event of rain. 
    5. This walk has MINIMAL inclines and MODERATE roots or uneven portions. 
    6. Attendees must be able to walk at a moderate pace for 40 - 60 minutes and with steady footing. 
    7. If you are having difficulty, or require the attention or assistance of the host please speak up and let me know! 
    Thank you. 

    Refuge trails are open seven days a week from dawn until dusk.

    Trails: Ferry Way Trail - 2 miles

    We will do the 2 mile Ferry way Trail first (RED). 

    If there is time and interest, we will then take the short Peverly Pond trail (BLUE). 

    See Trail Map Below.

    The Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge located in Newington, NH, on a portion of the old Pease Air Force Base, was established in 1992, along the eastern shore of Great Bay. The refuge covers more than a 1000 acres of New Hampshire seacoast and offers protection for numerous migratory birds and other animals. While a majority of the refuge is off-limits to the public, a portion is open for exploration on foot. Two trails wind through the northern reaches of the refuge. 

    The Ferry Way Trail runs due east in a two mile loop that touches the shores of Little Bay, while the Peverly Pond Trail makes a 0.5 mile loop to the shores of Upper Peverly Pond along as raised, handicapped accessible board walk. The Ferry Way Trail leaves the parking area, crosses the street and runs along the northern boundary of this fence. Once past the fence line, the trail heads turns left and heads into woods and becomes much more pleasant. The trail here is very straight forward and makes for wonderful stroll through the woods.  

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    Hope to see you there!

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    Love to walk almost every day. Hike a bit in warmer weather! Semi retired and volunteer as well.

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    I love to walk and explore new areas in the Seacoast region.

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