Frank Knowles Little River Reserve Trail

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Frank Knowles Little River Reserve Trail is a 6.4 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.

DISTANCE
6.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
259 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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.

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17 days ago

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!!

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18 days ago

Gorgeous place to hike!

23 days ago

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

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

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2 months ago

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

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