Frank Knowles Little River Reserve Trail

MODERATE 66 reviews

Frank Knowles Little River Reserve Trail is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near South Dartmouth, Massachusetts that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and trail running. 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

hiking

trail running

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. We 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.

trail running
3 days ago

Easy trail with with suspension bridge.

19 days ago

20 days ago

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.

hiking
24 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
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walking
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hiking
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hiking
1 month ago

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!

1 month ago

2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

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hiking
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hiking
2 months ago

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.

3 months ago