Frank Knowles Little River Reserve Trail

MODERATE 87 reviews
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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.

5 days ago

5 days ago

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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27 days ago

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1 month ago

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

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

trail running
1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

2 months ago

Awesome trail!!!

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Lengthy but not too long, gorgeous and deliciously satisfying

hiking
2 months ago

trail running
3 months ago

Easy trail with with suspension bridge.