Family Bay Circuit Trail (BCT) Hike: Bedford Town Common to Great Meadows NWR, Bedford, MA (BHP Level 2)

Date and Time

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 12:00PM - 4:00PM


Town Common by First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 75 Great Rd, Bedford, MA,
Massachusetts, Boston Area,


Registration is required for this activity.


Family Walk on the Bay Circuit Trail (BCT) from Bedford Town Common to Great Meadows NWR, with optional exploration at the wildlife refuge trails and observation platforms. We will walk approximately 5 miles on flat land. "The Bay Circuit trail - sometimes named "Bay Secret" trail - is a brilliant idea conceived in 1929 as an 'outer emerald necklace' connecting green gems surrounding Boston. Today it is a 230 mile thru-hike!" This hike is part of the AMC Family Beginner Hiking Program (BHP). We encourage you to sign up for BHP if you have not already, however, you aren't required to be part of the program to go on this hike. To find out more about BHP, please cut and paste this link into your browser: To Register for this hike click "Register Here" above or copy and paste this link into your browser: , Questions contact: Don MacIver,, ?(978) 952-2706?.

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Past participants say...

"One of the premiere birding hotspots of Middlesex county. Also great for other wildlife such as beaver and muskrats. Awesome viewing platform!" - Mike Mulqueen "Biological gem saved and managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Thankfully!" - Brian Bastarache "A local gem :) good for hiking, relaxing and observing the wildlife" - Vasyl Pominov "Beautiful and tranquil." - Patty Carluccio

Related Link(s):

Register Here
Great Meadows NWR - Concord Unit Trails
BCT Map 6 - Section for Carlisle, Bedford, Acton, Concord (12/2017
Trail Description for BCT Map 6 Section (7/2017)
Great Meadows NWR

Driving Directions

We will meet at Town Common is by the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church at 75 Great Road. The Great Road is also known as MA Routes 4, 62, and 225. Free municipal parking lots available at town center complex on nearby Mudge Way

Walk at Great Meadows NWR


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Jeanne has led trips for 45+ years for summer camps, college outings, Sierra Club, and AMC. Currently Jeanne heads up AMC Boston Family Outings and loves getting families and kids outdoors. Jeanne also leads for AMC Adventure Travel, having led to Switzerland and Peru/Machu Picchu.


Don, lifelong outdoor explorer and long term AMC member, has hiked and backpacked in North America and Europe. Don actively hikes, camps, snowshoes, and x-country skis throughout New England as well as kayaks flatwater and its seacoast. As a natural resource manager and educator Don enjoys nature study and exploring new natural landscapes.