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

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Trip dates: Sunday, May 20, 2018 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

We meet at 12 pm for a slow/moderate paced family walk along the Bay Circuit Trail (BCT). The BCT is one of the state's longest hiking trails. This walk is an introduction to the BCT and AMC's Beginner Hiking Program (BHP).

We hike the section of the BCT extending from Bedford Town Common to Great Meadows NWR, with optional exploration at the wildlife refuge trails and observation platforms. We will meet at noon and walk approximately 5 miles on flat land returning to our staring point around 4 pm.

"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!"

Waterproof printed BCT map and guide will be available on the hike for $15 (bring cash or check) OR for $19.95 + postage at Online maps and trail descriptions can be found at:

This hike is part of Hidden Treasures, a program in partnership with Freedom's Way National Heritage Area.

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.


  • "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

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

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Massachusetts, Boston Area
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Jeanne Blauner (978-202-5606)

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.

Donald MacIver (978-952-2706)

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.

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Town Common by First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 75 Great Rd, Bedford, MA
Walk, Hike, Great Meadows, BCT, Bay Circuit Trail
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Creation date: 
2018-02-22 18:09:36.0
Last updated: 
2018-05-02 06:41:31.617