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Exploring Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Autumn

There’s no more appealing season to explore nature than fall. Pleasantly brisk weather and trees bursting with rich autumn color make October the perfect time to hike, bike, picnic and get an up-close look at nature. Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge offers Concord residents and visitors plenty of recreational opportunities in Fall 2015. Enjoy these and other activities at the refuge:

  • Hiking
  • Running
  • Birdwatching
  • Watching sunsets
  • Fishing

Beautiful Scenery at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, MA
Active families, solo runners, couples and groups can be found on the well-maintained trails. These include wheelchair-, stroller- and bike-friendly trails. However, pets are not allowed inside the refuge. With the exception of your furry friends, everyone in the family can enjoy the beauty of the refuge’s wetlands while staying active together this October. Great Meadows also offers limitless educational resources for parents, teachers and nature enthusiasts.

Amateur and professional photographers are also in luck. Whether you capture a sunset, ascend the observation tower for panoramic views or happen upon wildlife, you’ll find abundant photo ops at this 3800-plus acre conservation area in Concord. From the exotic, grassy marshes to the diverse range of birds — more than 220 species — and other animals, nature is definitely on display here. The dramatic beauty of the flora and fauna can make you forget about the hustle and bustle of life in 2015.

Of course, the refuge has grown dramatically since its founding in 1944. Great Meadows has expanded from the 250-acre parcel donated by Samuel Hoar to over 15 times its original size. The conservation land covers ground in the towns of Concord, Billerica, Wayland, Sudbury, Bedford, Lincoln and Carlisle. More information about its history and the wildlife contained in the refuge is available here.

Child and Man Fishing at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

Whether you’re looking to get away from it all, squeeze in some exercise, get lost in the views, learn about nature or any combination of the above, consider putting this Concord gem on your to-do list this October.

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