Dartmouth, MA 02748
This Appalachian Mountain Club hike will explore DNRT’s Frank Knowles/Little River Reserve and The Trustees’ Cornell Farm. The trails will take us on a boardwalk and suspended bridge through wetlands and past stone walls and farmhouse foundations. The crown jewel of DNRT’s Little River Reserve is the Boardwalk Trail, which features a 200-foot-long suspended boardwalk and viewing platform that takes hikers 15 feet above a red maple swamp for a bird’s eye view of the mound-and-pool wetland below. The trail then connects to two long boardwalks that cross through pristine salt marsh at the head of Little River, allowing visitors to wander over the estuarine environment. Benches along the boardwalk provide visitors with a place to take in salt marsh vistas extending nearly half a mile south toward the mouth of Little River. A wooded upland trail across DNRT’s Jonny Point property connects the two salt marsh boardwalks.
Meet at 9:45 at Cornell Farm parking area for this 6+ mile hike. Some trails could be wet and soggy, so waterproof footwear is suggested. Bring snacks/lunch, rain jacket, and at least one liter of water. Heavy rain will cancel.