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Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Seacoast Region, New Hampshire

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Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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  • The refuge has a large parking lot with restrooms.- Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge
  • The Upper Peverly Pond Trail starts from the paved lot.- Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge
  • Boadwalk along the Upper Peverly Pond Trail.- Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge
  • Bench along the trail.- Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge
  • Viewing area at Upper Peverly Pond.- Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge
  • Upper Peverly Pond.- Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge
  • An old bird's nest in a tree.- Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge
  • The Ferry Way Trail starts across the road from the parking lot.- Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge
  • Hikers on the Ferry Way Trail.- Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge
  • Trailside fungus.- Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge
  • A beaver pond on the Ferry Way Trail.- Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge
  • A dragonfly resting near the beaver pond.- Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge
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Pros: 
Family friendly. Easy trails. Wildlife viewing.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Seacoast Region, NH
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge offers opportunities for people of all ages to see an array of wildlife in its diverse habitats. There are two trails to explore, and both are family friendly with generally easy terrain. The Upper Peverly Pond Trail is only half a mile long and is wheelchair accessible. The trail has a boardwalk that loops through the forest and provides a viewing area at Upper Peverly Pond. The William Furber Ferry Way Trail is a bit longer at 2 miles, and it immerses you into the range of habitats found in the refuge, from forest to field to wetland. The trail starts across the road from the large, paved parking lot, and it passes a beaver pond and apple orchard before arriving at Great Bay. Due to the wet and muddy nature of some areas of this trail, waterproof footwear is recommended.

While visiting the refuge, you may encounter a deer, coyote, red fox, or turkey. Beavers, river otters, frogs, salamanders, and turtles may be found in wet areas. Listen as you walk, as many songbirds live in the refuge during the summer, and keep an eye out for raptors soaring overhead. The refuge is open year round, and some wildlife species change with the season. Many raptors can be found in the refuge during migration in the spring and fall, and bald eagles may be seen during the winter.

The refuge sits on what used to be part of the Pease Air Force Base, and remnants of the land’s history may be visible along the trails. Most notably, across from the parking area and along the first section of the William Furber Ferry Way Trail, you’ll see a fenced off area where concrete bunkers for weapons storage once stood.

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