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Fannie Stebbins Wildlife Refuge

 3 votes

Length

2.2 Miles 3.5 Kilometers

100%

Runnable

Singletrack

Elevation

9' 3 m

Ascent

-10' -3 m

Descent

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1%

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50' 15 m

High

43' 13 m

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A nice wildlife refuge - half of the 330 acres is swampland, the other half is woods and old fields.

T Roper

Overview

Closed at dark.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

Runner Notes

Some singletrack, some old dirt roads, some bushwacking.

Description

Typical parking is on the corner where Bark Haul Rd. meets Pondside Rd. From there either parking lot head south on a wide trail or head west on a gated road. The main loop is just under two miles with lots of little side trails, many of which dead end or swamp out. Some of the trail is an actual boardwalk over the swamp.

Flora & Fauna

I've seen multiple eagles, pileated woodpeckers, herons, at least ten varieties of ducks, swans, hawks and owls in the refuge. I've also seen signs of coyotes and plenty of deer tracks as well. If you manage to bushwhack your way to the CT River you'll see the largest poison ivy vines in the region.

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  3.7 from 3 votes

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  3.7 from 3 votes
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#60

in Massachusetts

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As someone who spent a good balance of his childhood meandering through this Preserve, it pained me to see a 3 star rating. But, it IS well deserved. Why? First thing is nobody other than myself and the local Boy Scout Troops seem to maintain the trails. In fact you can thank Eagle Scouts from Troop 90 for building the bridges that go over the swamps. Very nice,easy hike otherwise. Jan 22, 2017

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