Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge

EASY 35 reviews

Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sudbury, Massachusetts that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
118 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

canoeing

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

horseback riding

forest

lake

wildlife

bugs

no dogs

The Assabet River refuge comprises over 2,333 acres of varied woodland, wetland, fields, ponds and streams, with historical and archeological sites. The Assabet River refuge comprises over 2,333 acres of varied woodland, wetland, fields, ponds and streams, with historical and archeological sites. It is divided into a 1,900-acre northern section, a 300-acre southern section, and 91 acres scattered along the Assabet River in Stow. The terrain is primarily flat but includes some prominent hills; elevations range from 170 feet near the river to 320 feet on Walnut Hill. Seventy percent of the refuge is forested with pine, oak and maple. There are over 470 acres of diverse wetland habitat including an Atlantic white cedar swamp. This jewel is connected to about 1,000 acres of other diverse protected space. The Refuge is open year round from one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset. Wildlife-dependent recreation opportunities, including hiking, photography, interpretation, and environmental education, are permitted on designated trails shown on the refuge map. Note that the trail system in the refugue was reworked in spring 2007.

rails trails
3 days ago

rails trails
3 days ago

road biking
17 days ago

The loop is one of the most unique trails I've hiked. There are 7 or 8 massive concrete bunkers along the trail giving it an interesting historical element. There is a little side trail that takes you to a beautiful lake as well. The hiking is very easy and good for all levels of experience. Definitely add this to the to-do list.

hiking
17 days ago

9/1/17 Harry's Trail -> Towee -> Petapawag -> Powerline Trail -> Visitor Center lot. Nice walk/hike. Very few bugs.

trail running
1 month ago

Pretty trail, wide and flat looping around ponds/marsh. Saw two egrets, but the bugs were really too awful to enjoy the trail on a day early August.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Pleasant, very easy walk mostly on old dirt/gravel roads through varied forest and wetlands. Along the way you'll pass over a dozen Army ammunition bunkers from World War II. Take the short Kingfisher Trail to a beautiful pond.

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

half dirt, half road, if you're adventurous there is an abandoned air force base about 500 feet northwest of the where it says Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge on the map (its right in that little bend that looks like a nose in the Patrol Path), and its pretty cool. Closer walk to base if you park on the northwest side in Maynard and walk in southeast or if you want the fun river and woods paths you park in Subury at the 1st (for road/woods path and 2nd parkinglot (further in) (if you want more woods and some swamp/lake paths.)

6 months ago

hiking
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7 months ago

8 months ago

Beautiful with varied habitats. Saw sharp shinned hawk, buffleheads, and a heron rookery.

9 months ago

Nice trails with intersections well marked but oddly none of the maps says "you are here" and provided paper maps are unreadable.

10 months ago

11 months ago

nice wide flat trail. peaceful.

hiking
Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Saturday, July 23, 2016