Nashua River and Oxbow Trail Loop is a 2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Still River, Massachusetts that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.
Oxbow NWR (main parcel in Harvard, Worcester County off of Still River Depot Road) is fantastic for bird-watching, especially during the Spring Migration (peak in early to mid-May). During March-April, American Woodcocks are out and about bobbing along Tank Road nearest to the parking lot). During the Spring Migration, American Redstarts, Chestnut-sided Warblers, Yellow-throated Vireos, Great Crested Flycatchers are prevalent along Tank Road and the Riverside Trail. Pileated Woodpeckers love the area near the junction of Riverside Trail and Turnpike Trail. The Riverside Trail gives you wonderful views of the Nashua River where Double-crested Cormorants and Great Blue Herons like to visit. Blue-grey Gnatcatchers love the stretch along the Nashua River. On occasion you might see a Red-shouldered Hawk and Great Horned Owl along Turnpike Trail. At the jct. of Turnpike Trail and Tank Road (passing an open swampy area with a bench), if you go left on Tank Road towards Route 2, your chances for various other warblers increase (like Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, Pine and Black-and-White Warblers. You also run the chance of seeing Ruffed Grouse, Hermit Thrushes, Veery and Wood Thrushes. Overall, about 3.5 miles worth of hiking if you cover the entire area, up to Route 2 and back. Oxbow is an amazing place, you just might be lucky to come across a Blanding's Turtle, which is endangered in MA! Happy birding, and enjoy Your National Wildlife Refuge!!