Great Meadows provides numerous recreation opportunities to thousands of visitors every year. People enjoy viewing the unique geology and diverse wildlife, whether boating, driving or hiking. Regulation of recreation activities allow for public enjoyment of the refuge while still protecting the wildlife and habitats The refuge is open from sunrise to sunset. The entrance gates close automatically

Dogs are not allowed on the section that goes around the Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge. If you're walking with your pooch you can stay on the main path and skip that section.

great for biking, very pretty

Great trail to bike, walk, run..... great family time together. Not too congested nice scenery

hiking
2 months ago

was not dog friends, so did not walk the trail. Very disappointing!

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

not yes,but pretty soon.I look forward.

Easy walk with lots to see.

walking
1 year ago

Walked Dike Trail to Edge Trail which loops you back to the parking lot. The trails were in very good shape, the scenery was great, especially as the sun was going down. Would give it 5 stars if there were a couple more places with trail signs. Will definitely return.

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Amazing views, great trails.

birding
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Lots of birds and got nice and close to a heron and a muskrat. Loved it! Be sure to climb the tower for great views.

Really beautiful place to go for a walk. Lots of wildlife and lovely water views as well as a few trails through the woods.

on Dike Trail

1 year ago

We had a lovely time seeing a wide variety of birds, turtles, etc. Great trail for kids.

walking
3 years ago

Nice easy nature walk (not really a "hike"). Lots of wildlife, including the hissing geese u will walk by/through. LOTS of mosquitos!!! Spray yourself before u go!

hiking
3 years ago

Great mix of accessible trail with options to shoot off into the woods. Bunch of great wildlife including cranes, snakes, turtles and tons of birds. Beautiful soundtrack the entire loop. Great for toddlers and their old parents.

hiking
3 years ago

Very easy hike, maybe more of a nature walk than a hike. Very clearly marked trails that would be perfect for kids and beginners. A nice observation tower at the beginning of the trail helps to get the lay of land. A great place to spend a couple of hours in nature!

birding
5 years ago

A very easy and lovely hike! A National Wildlife Refuge that I visit at least 3 times a year, usually to do up some birding. The Dike Trail (1.7 miles) is wheel-chair accessible. This particular trail offer fantastic looks of both the Upper and Lower Pools. About 3/4 down the main section of the Dike Trail that bisects the 2 pools is a fairly new observation platform on your right that was installed this year (2011). There are 2 canoe access points (that I know of) to the Concord River that borders the northwestern boundary of the refuge. There are also the a few other trails here that combine the total of about 2.7 miles. The Timber Trail (.4 miles) can be found near the junction with the Edge Trail and northeastern end of the Dike Trail. The Edge Trail (.35 miles) runs along eastern edge of the Lower Pool and brings you back up to the parking lot. Also at the parking lot you will find an observation tower that gives commanding views of the majority of the refuge. The Black Duck Creek Trail (.15 miles) can be found while heading up to the restrooms. PLEASE NOTE: Dogs and bicyclists are not allowed at Great Meadows NWR-Concord Unit.