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National wildlife refuges offer us all a chance to unplug from the stresses of daily life and reconnect with our natural surroundings.

The refuge provides visitors with opportunities for hiking, viewing wildlife, nature and wildlife photography, and hunting (within season).

Getting There

Though for the most part GPS is accurate in bringing visitors to the correct location, there are a few routes that you will want to avoid. Here are some tips for accessing the refuge:

  1. Enter the refuge from the traffic circle off of NH-16 (Woodbury Ave. exit) or from Arboretum Drive. 
  2. GPS sometimes takes visitors through the town of Newington to enter via Nimble Hill Rd. There is a closed gate here. This is not our gate and will not ever be open. You will need to turn around and reenter from NH-16.
  3. Be sure that your GPS is taking you to the Eastern side of Great Bay. There is no refuge access from the West.

Enjoy your visit!

Related Documents

NEW Great Bay NWR fact sheet.pdf

Informational fact sheet about the refuge.

Great Bay Brochure updated 2021.pdf

This is the general brochure for Great Bay NWR, last updated in 2021.

Other Facilities in the Complex

Rules and Policies

In order to safeguard both wildlife and refuge visitors, please be aware of the following rules and regulations.


Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge
3 Arboretum DrNewington,NH03801-2903