Frank Knowles Little River Reserve Loop

MODERATE 114 reviews
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Frank Knowles Little River Reserve Loop is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near South Dartmouth, Massachusetts that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.5 miles
177 feet

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The crown jewel of DNRTs Little River Reserve is the Boardwalk Trail, which features a 200-foot-long suspended boardwalk and viewing platform that takes hikers 15 feet above a red maple swamp for a birds eye view of the mound-and-pool wetland below. The Frank Knowles-Little River Reserve is part of a 500-acre block of publicly accessible protected land surrounding the headwaters of Dartmouths Little River. Visitors can explore nearly 9 miles of hiking trails that wind through wetlands covered with ferns and mossy boulders, hillsides dominated by hulking yellow birch and white pine, glades of austere beeches, wide expanses of salt marsh, and old fields teeming with wildflowers and birdlife. A network of stone walls and several historic farmhouse and barn foundations harken back to the days when farms covered the land. The large contiguous forest areas make excellent wildlife habitat, including breeding habitat for bird species such as barred owl, wood thrush, and veery.

1 month ago

Great hike
Well marked trails

2 months ago

very good hike trails were clean and well marked

3 months ago

great hike, the bridges over the marshes are spectacular. lots of cool relics. dog friendly but watch out on the narrow bridges if you have an aggressive puller.

4 months ago

The suspension bridge has been removed and replaced with a traditional boardwalk.

A pretty and well marked trail.

Path is mostly flat but can be rocky and root covered in spots. Wear boots if you tend to turn ankles.

7 months ago

Did the red trail with the family ( husband and boys age 13 and 8) loved it... beautiful views.. nice hike

9 months ago

Absolutely beautiful trail, well keep but obviously well travelled and often busy... but amazing views!

10 months ago

Nice but a little muddy due too weather. Very relaxing.

10 months ago

This trail has so many different paths and sites to see! There are many people and dogs out on the trail, however, even in the winter! The best trail is the red trail, as it has a suspended rope bridge and a boardwalk!

11 months ago

Beautiful. A bit flooded from snow melt. Easy for kids!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Too crowded.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

CORRECTION: 5 stars on thiS trail NOT 1

Thursday, November 23, 2017

A really nice trail. We will hike this again in Spring to view birds and wildlife. Rock foundations we're incredible

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Kind of busy on a cool November day. Varied terrain. Enjoyed the boardwalks and suspension bridge. Lots of children and dogs on the path.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Nice easy walk. The boardwalks through the saltmarsh and suspended walkway were fun.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Nice day hike

Saturday, September 02, 2017

We totally enjoyed these trails.. We started at Potomska Rd, which was super easy to find, and did the red trail first. Loved all the bridges and sights. Markings were pretty good. Then we backtracked and did green, yellow and half the orange trails. Loved it!!

Friday, September 01, 2017

Gorgeous place to hike!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Very well maintained. Great boardwalks and the suspended bridge was a real treat.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

amazing trail. It has a neat suspension bridge and little treasures like old houses, rock walls, and old broken down cars to explore!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Awesome trail! Kids loved It! Can't wait to do it again!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Suspension bridge was a favorite of the whole family. great trails

Monday, June 19, 2017

We came here after it had rained so it was a bit muddy and slippery. For awhile, it felt like we weren't going anywhere or seeing much and almost turned back, but decided we wanted to see the suspension bridge first and are glad we did! It was awesome and makes for great pics. The salt marshes were also beautiful. Definitely worth the hike! Follow the red path to see all the beautiful scenery.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Awesome trail!!!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Lengthy but not too long, gorgeous and deliciously satisfying

trail running
Monday, May 22, 2017

Easy trail with with suspension bridge.

Monday, May 01, 2017

beautiful trail! hiked 5 miles in 2.6 hours and just about saw everything. old farm stead foundations, beautiful bridges, lovely lookout points and also a suspension bridge!
beautiful and fun.

Monday, April 24, 2017

This hike had a bit of everything - rocky paths, some ruins, boardwalks over salt marshes, and even a suspension bridge. What a wonderful walk!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

I hiked the red trail, not sure of the length but it took 90 minutes total. There are several trails to choose from and all maintained. It's a bit of a nature trail as well with informative plaques along the way. And a fun Indiana Jones suspension bridge!

Monday, March 06, 2017

Loved this hike! We parked at Cornell Farm and took the red trail halfway to the blue trail. We did the entire blue loop and headed back on the red the way we came. I figure it was approximately 4.5 miles. We did this with 3 kids 6 and under, they loved the bridges and all the old stone structures. it was a great time and all the paths were marked thoroughly.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

I hiked these trails today (2/26/2017), a mild Sunday morning. Parked at Connor Farm at 7:30 AM and hiked the Red trail all the way across to Potomska Rd. On the way I did the small green loop. On the way back I did half of the orange loop and the big blue loop. In total I did approx. 6.5 miles. Saw a few people walking dogs and got busier toward the end. Very nice hike. Reminds me of Weetamoo in Tiverton, RI. Great for kids and hikers of all ages. Some very nice changes in terrain, from marshes to wood trails and some awesome views. The wooden walkways and the drawbridge are very cool. A nice relaxing, fun hike. Definitely worth checking out! Easy to find the DNRT map online - the kiosk at Connor Farm was empty but the there were copies at the Potmoska kiosk.

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