Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge

MODERATE 43 reviews

Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge is a 2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Newington, New Hampshire that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and birding and is accessible year-round.

2.0 miles
75 feet



trail running




no dogs

The hike starts with a stroll past an old secure military area with a sign stating 'Former Weapons Storage Facility'. It then follows an old path down into a lovely broad field and eventually reaches Great Bay. There you will find an observation platform for view the bay. The road is well maintained. It can be slightly muddy after a rain. Bikes are not allowed.

3 months ago

Nice easy hike. Clear wide trail. Well marked, ample parking. Pretty enough. No water (legal) access.

7 months ago

Decent walk, 3 wild turkeys and one major bug bite. Views quite obstructed.

7 months ago

Easy walk. Have done it many times. Good for birding, watching beavers swimming in the pond, wild turkeys ambling by.

8 months ago

A great spot for looky-loos or people with kids as the board walk makes for easy access to the area. Dont bother hiking here though; its more like a Disney theme park than the forest God intended for hikers..plastic superficial and completly off limits to any foot travel

8 months ago

Beautiful hike

8 months ago

Beautiful forested area and fields leading out to gorgeous views of great bay. Wildlife we saw was turkey vultures northern bluebird cat bird and Baltimore orioles

9 months ago

This is my favorite "go to" trail. There is ample parking, public restrooms, picnic tables and trash receptacles. Two trails are available. One trail is .5 miles long, plank board (elevated) trail with water views and benches. The other is a longer - moderate - trail with views of ponds, Great Bay and fields. The longer trail can be soggy and buggy at times. The part of the trail that is wooden tends to attract the most bugs ... and owls. - Today there was a flock of wild turkeys in the field.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

good trail for my needs. Exercise on this soon to be 69 year old frame.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Start at Great Bay Discovery Center. Short stroll through the woods to the bay. Beautiful scenery and sites for the kids.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Closed right now

Friday, July 22, 2016

Very easy , good for quick walk .

trail running
Monday, July 11, 2016

easy to find with a nice view of the water. good for a jog if you circle it twice.

mountain biking
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Vrey nice

Sunday, June 12, 2016

nice trail but extremely simple.

Friday, August 22, 2014

This is a great trail that my family and I use frequently. It can be a bit buggy, so be sure to bring bug spray for the mosquitoes and black flies and check for ticks after you finish the loop. on many occasions, we have seen great blue herons and snowy egrets in the tall grass that lines the trail, especially near the pond to the left of the trail after the old air force base section.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

An easy two mile walk with great scenic views.

Friday, November 02, 2012

This is a very easy hike that I would highly recommend to families. Essentially, it is a very nice walk through some very beautiful natural areas until you come to the picturesque Great Bay.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

This is a VERY pretty trail that takes you from behind the old air force base to the great bay. It's a short easy hike through the woods, some local wildlife, and soon the old bomb storage area will be reclaimed and will likely be even more pretty. Bring your DEET, there are some Mosquitos and black flies when the flood ponds form, but it was pretty minimal.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

A nice two mile walk on well marked trail. White tail deer and turkeys may keep you company on your walk.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

A nice walk out to a marsh and the bay.

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