Dike Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Concord, Massachusetts that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

Distance: 1.8 miles Elevation Gain: 3 feet Route Type: Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

no dogs

Directions to Concord Impoundments located at the end of Monsen Rd, Concord, MA: Take Route 62 East through Concord center from Route 2. Follow pass the cemetery on your left and Monsen Rd will be on your left. Follow all the way towards the end. At the sharp bend, turn left into refuge driveway. Follow to end to main parking lot.

hiking
5 days ago

Very nice trail, no problems using a double stroller here. I was not able to locate where to pay for parking though. I’m sure chasing my 5 year old with twins helped with this,

recorded Dike Trail

hiking
bugs
5 days ago

Such an amazing place to catch wildlife. Saw some muskrats, red winged blackbirds everywhere, a huge turtle I’m yet to identify the species of as well as some baby geese! End of May is a beautiful time to visit.

hiking
7 days ago

Absolutely fabulous. Took my 3 kids here with a pram and it was picture perfect. Loved seeing all the birds and wildlife. Not busy and great for little kids

hiking
1 month ago

Biked our in reformatory bike trail and then did the edge trail to the dike trail on 4/25/20. Beautiful views of the wetlands with tons of wildlife. The trail was flat and easy.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail for bird watching. Stroller accessible so nice to go with kids. Decent amount of people there. The path is not super wide so can be challenging to social distance.

hiking
2 months ago

Busy but awesome

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

A peaceful place to go for a quit hike. Lots of Canada geese and beaver lodges!

hiking
3 months ago

Birds are coming back. Concord River overflowing and so peaceful to sit and meditate. Just me today.

hiking
4 months ago

Muddy. 2 swans. Lots of people. Few birds.

hiking
4 months ago

Very icy in spots. 1/5/20. 2 swans. Lots of ducks on Concord River. Sunset to behold.

hiking
6 months ago

Came here mid November and it was the perfect place for what I wanted today. The majority of the walk you’re in the wetlands so I was able to soak up all the vitimin D from the sun. I saw ducks, geese, and an eagle . Great place for joggers as it is a flat smooth surface all around.

walking
7 months ago

Spotted couple birds but they were too far away. Nice easy walk

hiking
10 months ago

I just did the trail again with my family and this time we did the whole Dike Loop as well as the trail to the left side of the impoundment as well. It was a little hot day so everyone was a bit uncomfortable but we were treated to very nice scenery and even a mud fish flapping and struggling its way across into the pond from the canal. We didn't see much wildlife that day however for some reason but I did see interesting mushrooms and wildflowers and even caught a dragonfly.

hiking
Sat May 25 2019

Great trail to see waterfowl. Hardly any elevation change. First time here. Will be back! Loved it!

hiking
Sat Apr 06 2019

Even on a cool, gray day in April one can spot river otters, mallards, red winged black birds, swan, swallows and many others

walking
Tue Aug 28 2018

What an interesting place with so much water lillies in the impoundment. As for wildlife, we saw a blue heron, an egret, swan and plenty of ducks. For such a nature's paradise, I would expected the place to attract even more exotic wildlife. I plan on returning under better condition, like earlier in the morning when all the water lilies are blooming. Even still it was a memorable walk. I especially like the observation boardwalk on Main Dike trail.

hiking
Wed May 02 2018

Grew up just down the street from here. Now living on the West Coast. Back for a visit in summer 2017. Just like I remembered it. Beautiful scenery and wildlife. When I was very young there was an otter enclosure in the water. Glad to see that's gone.

hiking
Sun Sep 25 2016

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

Fri Nov 27 2015

Easy walk with lots to see.

walking
Thu Nov 19 2015

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.

hiking
Fri Nov 06 2015

Amazing views, great trails.

hiking
Wed Aug 05 2015

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.

Thu Jun 25 2015

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

Fri Apr 24 2015

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

walking
Sat Jun 29 2013

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
Sat May 11 2013

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
Sat Apr 13 2013

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!

bird watching
Wed Nov 30 2011

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.

hiking
9 hours ago

recorded Dike Trail

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