Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is a 3800+acre (1538+hectare) wildlife sanctuary extending 12 miles (19 km) along the course of the Concord and Sudbury rivers. Lying beneath the migratory birds’ Atlantic Flyway, it’s part of the Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Located 1.6 miles (2.6 km) east of Concord’s Old North Bridge along the Reformatory Branch walking and biking trail, it can be reached from the bridge by a 35-minute walk, a 10-minute bike ride along the trail, or a 10-minute drive along MA Route 62 east and Monson Road north.
Birdwatching and walking are the major activities here. Note that pets (ie, dogs) are not allowed in the Refuge, and bikes are not permitted on the Refuge’s walking trails. (Both dogs and bikes are permitted on the Reformatory Branch Trail that skirts the Refuge on it southeast side.)