Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

Just twenty miles west of Boston lies an oasis for wildlife – Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Roughly 85 percent of the refuge’s 3,850 acres is comprised of valuable freshwater wetlands stretching along 12 miles of the Concord and Sudbury Rivers. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service protects and manages Great Meadows as nesting, resting, and feeding habitat for wildlife, with special emphasis on migratory birds. The diversity of plant and animal life visible from refuge trails provides visitors with excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing and nature study. A great diversity of birds has been recorded at Great Meadows NWR; an annotated list of over 220 species is available in a separate brochure.

In 1944, Samuel Hoar, a hunter donated the first 250 acres of land that now makes up the refuge. The refuge now consists of two units of land in seven historically significant towns – Billerica, Bedford, Carlisle, Concord, Lincoln, Sudbury, and Wayland.

Contact Information

Monsen Road Concord, MA 01742


Phone: 978-443-4661


Rajiv Kanaujia   August 29, 2020
Visit to see yellow lotus in late July thru mid August
Susan LaBaire   August 18, 2020
You always see something different everytime you go, whether you drive or paddle up the river.
Kamesh Chidambaram   August 16, 2020
Great place for a walk with a few different trek options. The watchtower gives a nice view of the wetlands. The highlight is definitely the view of thousands of lotus flowers in the summer! Parking is limited so pick a quieter day or time.
Derrick Duplessy   July 13, 2020
Beautiful wetlands. Nice alternative to Walden Pond for a walk.
김은성   July 12, 2020
Kids love this place. We saw many birds, dragonflies, water snake, frog and mink? Or weesles? We enjoyed all the nature and animals.
Liane J.   August 3, 2019
This incredible meadow was beyond belief. It stretched the length of four football fields. The flowers were all a creamy white. The length of flowers stay...
Newt J.   June 23, 2019
I've been coming to Concord since I was a kid, enjoying the town and having regular visits with the Walden area. Today I branched out into Great Meadows. It...
Atul Nautiyal   June 22, 2019
A very calm and quite place for hiking. Beautiful scenery, vegetation and wildlife. Trails are easy with benches for taking rest and enjoy the nature.
Elizabeth P.   April 26, 2012
This is a wonderful place to go if you're looking to get out of the city for awhile with lots of wildlife, flat trails around the lake (including one that...