Frank Knowles Little River Reserve Trail

MODERATE 113 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
200 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.

6 days ago

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

1 month ago

Too crowded.

1 month ago

CORRECTION: 5 stars on thiS trail NOT 1

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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

walking
2 months ago

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

3 months ago

Nice day hike

hiking
4 months 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!!

4 months ago

Gorgeous place to hike!

4 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

hiking
7 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.

7 months ago

Awesome trail!!!

hiking
7 months ago

Lengthy but not too long, gorgeous and deliciously satisfying

trail running
7 months ago

Easy trail with with suspension bridge.

8 months 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
8 months 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
9 months 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!

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