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North Attleboro Fish Hatchery – North Attleborough

  • North Attleboro National Fish Hatchery
  • Bungay Road, North Attleborough, MA
  • Trailhead: 41°59’34.72″N, 71°17’2.27″W
  • Last Time Hiked: July 8, 2017
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.0 miles
  • Easy with some slight elevation.

 

The North Attleboro Fish Hatchery, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service facility, helps restore the native fish populations in New England. Opened in 1950, this facility has produced warm, cool, and cold water fish for re-population. Today, the facility is focusing on American Shad for local rivers such as the Charles and Pawtuxet. The facility has several buildings, a viewing pool, and perennial pollinator gardens. The back end of the property offers a nature trail that is just shy of one mile long and follows the shores of the Bungay River. The loop trail is marked with orange blazed trail markers that guides you along a path that weaves under a canopy of tall pines, beech and maple trees. The trail steadily climbs a hill for a bit before coming to a set of approximately 40 steps downhill. Soon the trail turns right crossing over a bridge over the Bungay River. This trail soon bends to the right and crosses over a dirt access road. Continuing straight the trail comes to a second set of stairs, this time approximately 30 uphill. The trail then continues slightly downhill to another bridge that crosses the river to the main entrance of the nature trail. At both bridges there are noteworthy features. The northern bridge crosses over a small area of rapids and the southern bridge crosses at a small dam and overflow. Along the trail there are a couple spots to view the Bungay River where it widens to a small pond. There are a few spur trails but for this hike follow the main loop trail that is marked. Wildlife is abundant here as frogs, salamanders, and turtles, as well as various birds such as blackbirds, woodpeckers, great blue heron, and mallards have been observed here. There are a handful of informative kiosks along trail. The facility is open Monday through Saturday from 8 AM to 4 PM except for holidays. The gate to the nature trail is locked at 3:45 PM.

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Bungay River

Whiting Pond – North Attleborough

 

Known more for its trout fishing, Whiting Pond offers a very short quarter mile trail that runs along the east shore of the pond. The trail is very primitive and narrow but does offer a couple views of the pond you wouldn’t see otherwise. If you have a fishing pole, stay a while. Across the pond is another public access.

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Whiting Pond

Martin – North Attleborough

  • Martin Conservation Area
  • Wild Acres Road, North Attleborough, MA
  • Trailhead: 41°57’35.39″N, 71°19’32.02″W
  • Last Time Hiked: April 27, 2017
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.3 miles
  • Fairly easy.

 

At the end of a long gravel road along the west side of Lower Falls Pond is a quiet parcel owned by the North Attleborough Conservation Commission. Parking is restricted to a small area just before two boulders that block the remainder of the road. To the right is a few radio towers and to the left is the pond. Passing the boulders will lead you to the old parking area. There are two spots to enter the woods and the trail system here. The first option is to turn to the right through the old parking area and to a trail head at the southwest corner of the lot. The other is to continue ahead through a set of gates to the end of the road and slightly to the left. Both trails will lead you into some impressive pine groves and a brook that cuts through the property. The trails on the property are not blazed and can be narrow in places. It is advised to use a GPS device here if you start to explore deeper into the woods. There are several short spur trails that lead to the pond as well. Also, after heavy rains the swamp areas of the property turn into small ponds making some of the trails impassable.

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Stream Crossing At Martin

World War I Memorial Park – North Attleborough

  • World War I Memorial Park/Harold Burns Wildlife Arboretum
  • Elmwood Street, North Attleborough, MA
  • Trailhead: 41°59’49.67″N, 71°18’51.45″W
  • Last Time Hiked: August 17, 2016
  • Approximate distance hiked: 2.2 miles
  • Fairly easy with some elevation.

 

North Attleborough’s largest park offers a zoo, playgrounds, ball fields, gardens, picnic grounds, disc golf, and about 2 miles of trails. Starting from the parking lot in the back of the park, first follow the yellow blazed trail west towards the baseball fields. Follow the tree line to the last field. The yellow blazed trail enters the woods just behind the backstop. The yellow blazed trail then winds throughout the west end of the park and the abutting Harold Burns Memorial Wildlife Arboretum. The yellow trail soon comes to the road where you want to turn right. From here follow the walking lane along the road as it sweeps to the left. Soon you will see a sign on a tree indicating the beginning of the Balancing Rock Trail. Turn here and follow the trail to see some impressive boulders. At the end of the trail turn right and follow the white blazed trail. It leads down to the power lines and turns right before entering the woods once again. Next you will catch a glimpse of the disc golf before exiting onto a stone road along another set of power lines. Stay to the right here and follow the road to its end (crossing a street as well). The now stone and gravel road turns to dirt as it bends right and into the parking lot where your car is parked.

 

Trail maps can be found at: World War I Memorial Park

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Balancing Rock

Ruth Rhind – North Attleborough

  • Ruth Rhind Nature Trail
  • Huntsbridge Road, North Attleborough, MA
  • Trailhead: 41°56’36.02″N, 71°22’14.80″W
  • Last Time Hiked: July 27, 2015
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.7 miles
  • Easy with slight elevation.

Formally the Camp Shady Pines Girl Scout camp, this small parcel has a small loop trail that wanders through tall pines and offers views of Abbott Run. The trail, blazed brown with a white fleur-de-lis, heads into the woods and then turns right. After a short distance the trail loops along a small ridge above Abbott Run. There are some spur trails that lead down to the river as well. Though a short stroll, the parcel is very peaceful. I did spend a little time lingering along the shore of the river.

I did not find a trail map for the walk.

Ruth Rhind Nature Trail

Ruth Rhind Nature Trail

Chorney – North Attleborough

The Chorney Property is a series of three large fields connected by small trails. There is an information kiosk at the parking area with a map. On the map there is a suggested route to follow which totals about a mile and a half. The route follows the perimeter of each field. The first and second fields are connected by a boardwalk that crosses the Seven Mile River. At the north end of the second field is a large red horse stable. You are likely to see a horse or two here but be sure to stay on the Chorney Property as the stables are private property. The second and third field are connected by a grass cart path that passes a stone wall. In the third field the summer months may offer several rolls of hay and the shrubs along the perimeter have an abundance of berries. This area is a haven for birds. Dragonflies, grasshoppers, and butterflies are commonly seen along this walk. Hunting is allowed here. There is information about hunting season at the kiosk.

I did not find a trail map for the walk.

Rolled Hay In A Field

Rolled Hay In A Field