Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge offers visitors the opportunity to view and/or photograph wildlife in their native habitats. The Ferry Way and Peverly Pond pedestrian trails are open daily from dawn to dusk and offer opportunities for wildlife watching and photography. The Peverly Pond Trail and restroom facilities are wheelchair accessible. An informational kiosk is located adjacent to the parking lot. Refuge trails are open seven days a week from dawn until dusk.
Click here for a copy of our trail map. (pdf)
Click here for a self-guided tour brochure for the William Furber Ferry Way Trail (pdf)
Take exit 1 off Route 16 (or Spaulding Turnpike) and turn onto Pease Blvd., heading into Pease International Tradeport. Go through one stoplight to a stop sign and turn right on Arboretum Drive. Follow the refuge signs for 3 miles to refuge parking lot, office and trails.
To obtain directions to the refuge via Google Maps, Mapquest, or other, similar computer-based directions generators, use this address: 4 Arboretum Drive, Newington, NH, 03801.
A non-staffed refuge, Great Bay NWR is located Newington, NH. Great Bay is administered by the staff of Parker River NWR (located in Newburyport, Massachusetts). The contact number there is (978) 465-5753.
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The American kestrel (Falco sparverius), can be seen frequently seen at Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The Service has tried to encourage this very showy falcon by setting up nest boxes on the refuge. The kestrel may be known locally as a “sparrow hawk” and is the smallest raptor in America.