Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge – Newington, NH

What do you do when your son’s childcare is closed for the day? Go explore some trails, of ccourse! We headed over to Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Newington, NH. I have been over to these trail systems a few times in the past and am always excited at what new wildlife I will see. In the past I have seen Heron, Bald Eagle, Mink, Turtles, and Seals among other animals. The kiosk at the trailhead has a trail map that shows the roughly two and a half miles of trails.

Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge - Newington, NH Trail Map

Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge – Newington, NH

We were joined by a friend and his daughter and decided to explore the longer of the two loops. At two miles long the loop brings you past the old weapons storage facilities and through some fields and eventually on to some wide wooded trails. At the far end of the loop a viewing platform is equipped with binoculars at a beautiful overlook of Great Bay. Straight across the bay from the platform Jackson Lab is visible on Adam’s Point in Durham, NH.

Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge - Newington, NH Trail Map

Weapons Storage

The shorter half mile loop on the has some beautifully constructed boardwalks. At the far end of the loop a viewing platform is available at a small pond.

Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge - Newington, NH Trail Map

Wooded Trails

While short these trails offer some wonderful chances to view an abundance of wildlife. I would allow for two – three hours to explore both loops.

 

Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge - Newington, NH Trail Map

Watch for wildlife here!

 

 

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