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Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge

#3 of 9 things to do in Sudbury Features Animals
680 Hudson Rd, Sudbury, MA 01776-1971
+1 978-562-3527
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Treasure trove of open space

this is a wonderful place for hiking and biking (allowed on many trails) The visitor center is... read more

Reviewed 26 March 2017
Linda H
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Maynard, Massachusetts
Nice place for a walk, when not hunting season

Mile walk up a sidewalk and many trails in the woods. Pond has otters and birds. Hunting is... read more

Reviewed 17 January 2017
LaMouette123
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Sudbury, Massachusetts
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Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 3.5 square miles located within the towns of Hudson, Maynard, Stow and Sudbury which is approximately 20 miles west of Boston. Formerly part of Fort Devens, this area was known as the Sudbury Training Annex. The U.S. Army transferred 2,230 acres to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the fall of 2000. The refuge has a large wetland complex, several smaller wetlands and vernal pools, and large forested areas which are important feeding and breeding areas for migratory birds and other wildlife. It also has 15 miles of trails (half are open to biking) open to the public for the enjoyment of nature as well as a visitor center located on Winterberry Way. Our primary purpose is to manage these lands for migratory bird conservation. The refuge is one of eight national wildlife refuges that comprise the Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
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“great place” (3 reviews)
“sidewalk” (2 reviews)
“ammunition” (2 reviews)
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680 Hudson Rd, Sudbury, MA 01776-1971
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Reviewed 26 March 2017

this is a wonderful place for hiking and biking (allowed on many trails) The visitor center is great and the Friends and rangers offer a variety of wonderful programs

Thank Linda H
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Mile walk up a sidewalk and many trails in the woods. Pond has otters and birds. Hunting is allowed in season, with only a few areas off limits to hunters. No hunting allowed in the State on Sunday. Bathroom facilities and small visitor center.

Thank LaMouette123
Reviewed 13 May 2016

We took a lovely walk in the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge and found wheelchair friendly trails. We parked at the lot on the corner of Hudson Road and Winterberry Way (put the address of the refuge, 680 Hudson Road Sudbury, MA into your GPS)....More

2  Thank abh345678
Reviewed 11 May 2016

So many truths in the reviews - it is a great place for biking, hiking, walking, and for runners too! The trails provide a comfortable surface for runners that need a break from road running. They are also long trails which allow long runs to...More

Thank alee42
Reviewed 23 March 2016 via mobile

This refuge was a former ammunition depot created from farmland taken by the government during World War 2. Many of the trails are old farm roads that haven't been upgraded for more than 70 years. There is a very large pond and several streams on...More

Thank Tom G
Reviewed 15 March 2016

For a wildlife sanctuary in the burbs, this one remains tranquil and often underutilized. Not on pretty spring weekends, of course, when half of Sudbury and a third of Marlboro stroll through. By coming at odd times. though, you can the place rather nearly to...More

Thank David K
Reviewed 15 March 2016

Former Military Base of 2500 acres. Loads of trails and beautiful woods - great place for mountain biking although more gravel on some of the trails than we would prefer. Worth a take - and most people don't even know it is there!

1  Thank Bob S
Reviewed 14 December 2015

Walking, biking in warmer months; snowshoeing, walking, cross country skiing in winter. Historic storage bunker dating back to 1940s where ammo was kept and transported to Boston via railroad. Nice scenic location, have never seen it crowded, but, of course, it is busier on weekends.

Thank caroly980
Reviewed 9 July 2015 via mobile

A great place to enjoy the outdoors. Lots of hiking trails that are good, wide and well marked. Also great for snow shoeing. The nature center has some great displays.

Thank Patti D
Assabet_River_NWR, Public Relations Manager at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 December 2015

Thanks for coming out and taking the time to write a review. Fun can be had year-round on the refuge!

Reviewed 8 July 2015 via mobile

It's quiet here, and peaceful, uncrowded, and a great spot to see turtles, heron, red-winged blackbirds,and more. It's easy to kayak or canoe.

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Assabet_River_NWR, Public Relations Manager at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 December 2015

Thank you for coming out and taking the time to write a review. Assabet is a refuge not just for wildlife, but for people too.

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