Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge

EASY 36 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
91 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.

hiking
17 days ago

To be honest trails are flat and fairly boring . The main trail is paved . I think would be a better biking trail than hiking trail . Several old ammo bunkers on trails . Putter Pond is nice but mainly uninteresting.

birding
30 days ago

Great trails, beautiful foliage views. Several raptors, waterfowl, warblers.

1 month ago

Great walk. flat and shaded

rails trails
2 months ago

road biking
2 months 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
2 months ago

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

trail running
3 months 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
3 months ago

hiking
4 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.

6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

7 months ago

hiking
8 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.)

9 months ago

hiking
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10 months ago

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

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

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

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

nice wide flat trail. peaceful.

hiking
Wednesday, August 03, 2016