Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

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 Trail (walking & biking) or the Edge Trail along the Concord River, it can be reached from the bridge by a 35-minute walk along either of the trails, a 10-minute bike ride along the Reformatory Branch 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, including the Edge Trail. (Both dogs and bikes are permitted on the Reformatory Branch Trail that skirts the Refuge on it southeast side.)

Birds observed on a day at Great Meadows
Sightings on a mid-May day at Great Meadows
Muskrats at Great Meadows
Birds aren't the only wildlife at Great Meadows—you may see muskrats as well.
Muskrat Love at Great Meadows
Muskrat Love at Great Meadows