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Well-marked trail. Not much to look at but an easy walk in the woods.

walking
1 month ago

This is a large garden with trails. It's beautiful to walk here, and in the right season you can see lots of flowers (spring) or enjoy the fall foliage. The price is a bit steep compared with other locations you might hike, but you are paying for the upkeep of beautiful grounds. We enjoyed this place and came back to do a cart tour with my elderly mother. The cart tour is only a couple of dollars extra per person and is a wonderful private tour if someone in your group has limited mobility.

It was cool to see all the bunkers but the bugs were literally out of control. I would recommend going when some bugs have died for the season...

The visitor center is now, and after hiking this I would not recommend it for others. Not a lot to see, and tons of moths along the trail.

Very nice hike. The trails are wide and very well maintained, they traverse though nice wetlands, old growth pines and open pitch pine forest. The trails don’t have signs with names, so It can be a little tricky to navigate the area. Also, the Plymton trail has one section where water has overflowed onto the trail, it is not deep but it can soak a good pair of shoes.

A good well maintained loop for a short hike. Not the best if you’re looking for views, but still worth doing. If you want a longer hike with more to see, check out Tippling Rock as well. It adds a few miles but it’s worth it.

The main loop is fairly well maintained and easy to follow, but most of the little side trails are now abandoned and there is little trace of them. Some looked promising but ended up terminating into dense woods with no sign of any trail. I ended up bushwhacking a few times to find the main trail again. Sometimes there are little yellow arrows to point you away from abandoned trails but other times you have to use your instincts. The part of the loop that is still maintained is quite nice, raising this trail from one star to three.

Definitely one of the better loops at Nobscot, the trails are well maintained and well marked. The loop includes the two best features in the reservation; Tippling Rock and Nobscot Hill. Tippling Rock is an open ledge with views all the way to Boston, Nobscot Hill has no views but adds a bit more challenge to the loop. Definitely bring bug spray if you are going in the near future.

The trail itself was in pretty good condition, but the portion that uses the Fisher Loop has lots of downed trees right now. This was very tricky on a bike but I imagine hikers will have it easier. There is also a section of trail by the beaver damn that is overflowing right now. Other than that the loop was really nice. I love these woods and I will make a return trip.

Been hiking here 30 years now and pretty much know the forest. I would suggest a map though. There are lots of lefts of rights so you really have to pay attention. I would have given it 5 stars if it wasn’t for that. Great vistas like Tippling Rock and fire tower cliff offer views of Boston. There’s a bit of history in those woods also including a Small Pox Cemetery.
Depending on the trails you choose some have challenging hills, but others offer a simple stroll with small cabins and flowing streams throughout the woods. Dogs must be leashed if you bring your furry friend. Enjoy !!!

There's much more than 3.7 miles of trails here (I regularly do 4.5-8 mile loops here) AND you can connect with other nearby trail systems. Great place for short or long easy hikes/walks, bird watching, bike rides, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, hunting, fishing, and looking for tracks. Most trails are either flat dirt trails, partially paved old roads, or you can just walk the sidewalk if you have strollers or unsteady-when-standing individuals with you.

ARNWR was once a part of Fort Devens/Maynard ordinance depot and the historic ammo bunkers are still standing. The visitor center is open from 10a-4pm on weekends and is a great place to check out (especially with kids)!

Fair warnings:
This is a great find for locals & new hikers/outdoor enthusiasts BUT if you're looking for a physical challenge, you won't find it here.

The refuge boasts a large wetland and while this is ideal for wildlife viewing, during the summer it can get VERY buggy on the trails.

Dogs are not allowed on the refuge.

We loved this, great visitor center (where we starred)!beautiful lake, interesting military structures, we extended our walk and went to the river and loved what we saw- the rail trail, pretty bridge over the river and some side marshes. The last half of the walk was nondescript but wrapped up a great 3 hour walk

To be honest trails are flat and fairly boring . The main trail is paved . I think would be a better biking trail than hiking trail . Several old ammo bunkers on trails . Putter Pond is nice but mainly uninteresting.

Great trails, beautiful foliage views. Several raptors, waterfowl, warblers.

Great walk. flat and shaded

The loop is one of the most unique trails I've hiked. There are 7 or 8 massive concrete bunkers along the trail giving it an interesting historical element. There is a little side trail that takes you to a beautiful lake as well. The hiking is very easy and good for all levels of experience. Definitely add this to the to-do list.

9/1/17 Harry's Trail -> Towee -> Petapawag -> Powerline Trail -> Visitor Center lot. Nice walk/hike. Very few bugs.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

We went during the summer and there was absolutely no blooming flowers. Understandable however it could be at least half price if there are no flowers blooming. I would go again but during spring and if their price drops. 12$$ is a lot for a walk in the woods

trail running
Saturday, August 05, 2017

Pretty trail, wide and flat looping around ponds/marsh. Saw two egrets, but the bugs were really too awful to enjoy the trail on a day early August.

Pleasant, very easy walk mostly on old dirt/gravel roads through varied forest and wetlands. Along the way you'll pass over a dozen Army ammunition bunkers from World War II. Take the short Kingfisher Trail to a beautiful pond.

walking
Friday, July 14, 2017

I've had many great days at Garden In The Woods. It's a beautiful spot for a walk with lots of beautiful flowers and trees. Be sure to look out for turtles in the pond. If your looking for a fun activity for a sunny day, grab a scavenger hunt sheet at the visitor center and see if you can check off all the flora and fauna while walking to trails.

half dirt, half road, if you're adventurous there is an abandoned air force base about 500 feet northwest of the where it says Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge on the map (its right in that little bend that looks like a nose in the Patrol Path), and its pretty cool. Closer walk to base if you park on the northwest side in Maynard and walk in southeast or if you want the fun river and woods paths you park in Subury at the 1st (for road/woods path and 2nd parkinglot (further in) (if you want more woods and some swamp/lake paths.)

Beautiful with varied habitats. Saw sharp shinned hawk, buffleheads, and a heron rookery.

Nice trails with intersections well marked but oddly none of the maps says "you are here" and provided paper maps are unreadable.

nice wide flat trail. peaceful.

Peaceful hike, enjoyable paths, clean, quiet, very relaxing.

Stay away, I'd like to keep it for myself.

It's was a great flat hike. Wide trails, marked well, hard to get lost. I did 7 miles, enjoyed the wildlife and peace. Next time I will bike it!

It was an easy hike. I did a 6.2 mile loop. Which pretty much covered all the hiking trails in the park. Some of the sceneries along the trail were beautiful.

nice area for turtles, fish, and chipmunks

walking
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Easy to walk with a few small challenges (for walking, not 'hiking'). Overall beautiful grounds and varying areas of foliage and nature.

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