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North River Loop

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Trail

0.7 mile 1.2 kilometer out and back
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 71' 22 m
Descent: -70' -21 m
High: 79' 24 m
Low: 9' 3 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 11% (7°)

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Trail shared by Heather Cooper

A quick loop around a meadow with spurs to a boardwalk overlooking the North River and a red maple swamp.

Heather Cooper

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly A quick loop and the wildlife sanctuary has a Nature Play Area.

Overview

This loop circles open field, offering opportunities to see eastern bluebirds, red-tailed hawks, and a variety of butterflies feeding on native flowers.

Description

This route circles open field, offering opportunities to see eastern bluebirds, red-tailed hawks, and a variety of butterflies feeding on native flowers in a counter-clockwise direction. To access the start of the hike, head north from the parking area across Summer Street on the River Loop Trail.

There are two short spurs that run off the River Loop Trail. The first goes over a boardwalk and through a wet red maple forest on Red Maple Loop. The second, Observation Platform Spur, goes to an observation platform set up for enjoying the activity and sounds of the North River.

Overall, an easy route with a small incline.

Flora & Fauna

Bluebirds, red-tailed hawks, butterflies, red maple swamp.

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Contacts

Local Club: Mass Audubon

Land Manager: Mass Audubon

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Trail entrance.
Nov 18, 2016 near Marshfi…, MA

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