Wildlife Observation & Photography

Peverly Pond Trail boardwalk - Matt Poole/USFWS.

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The refuge’s two walking trails provide wonderful opportunities for viewing and photographing wildlife:

Ferry Way Trail 

  • Round Trip: 2 miles
  • Hiking time: 1 hour
  • Difficulty: moderate

The trail begins as an asphalt path adjacent to the chain link fence across the road from the visitors parking lot. After following the fence line, the trail crosses a road and veers left onto an abandoned dirt road. Entering the woods, the trail passes by beaver ponds, an old apple orchard and a large field. The trail then loops down to Great Bay, past a marsh and through the field before backtracking to the parking lot.

Peverly Pond Trail 

  • Round Trip: 1/2 mile
  • Hiking time: 20 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy

The trail begins to the left of the visitor parking lot. After passing through a forested area, the trail borders Upper Peverly Pond. Veering left, the trail heads uphill along a stream and passes by several (seasonally wet) vernal pools before winding back to the parking lot.