Explore the most popular trail running trails near Sudbury with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

walking
3 months ago

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

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.

Nicely defined trails with a few uncleared portions from winter blow-downs. Took a wider loop back to the car (past the Nobscot camp) with a couple of clear views of the Boston skyline. Not too much mud for this time of year. Great little hike.

only had an hour - quick walk in woods to Tippling Rock and back - nice view, nice trails, lady slippers along the way

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.

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.

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.

great Trails, nice hills and a view at tipling rock, dog friendly but on leash.

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

road biking
Saturday, September 02, 2017

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.

hiking
Saturday, September 02, 2017

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

Friday, September 01, 2017

pretty nice trail! There is a lot to see if you like nature! From birds, different types of trees, flowers.ferns. There are many trails to take. I brought my little dog with me and we had a blast. There are signs posted along the trails no horses allowed. Lol Dogs on leash are welcome!!

walking
Sunday, August 20, 2017

Pretty boring and not very scenic

hiking
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Great spot for a short day hike. Tippling Rock has awesome views and on a good day you can see Boston. Hiking to the cell towers in addition to this makes for a good day. There are many trails here and you can easily come back and mix things up without worrying about venturing to far into the unknown. Nobscott is also a great spot for snow shoeing and I was even able to bag a fun downhill ski line on the steep slopes below the towers this winter.

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.

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.)

hiking
Monday, January 16, 2017

The view from Tippling Rock is worth it, and Ford's Folly (south of Brimstone Lane) is fun to see.

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.

hiking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

Well marked and varied terrain. Lots of dogs and some bikes.

nice wide flat trail. peaceful.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Nice walk with kids.

Friday, July 01, 2016

Great trails to do with kids, we love it!

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!

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