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Bedford Town Trail Walk to Minnie Reid Conservation Area
December 7, 2019 @ 11:45 am - 12:00 pmFree
Description: Please join the Bedford Trails Committee for a free Trail Walk to the Minnie Reid Conservation Area. The walk will be slow-paced, lasting about 1 to 2 hours. If the conditions permit, we will walk all the way to the Concord River.
Difficulty Level: Moderate. Trails include hills, tree roots, and uneven terrain, and could be muddy, snowy or icy.
When and Where: We meet at 9:45 AM at the parking lot behind the Bedford Free Public Library. Alternatively, you can meet us at the trailhead parking lot at Minnie Reid Conservation Area trailhead (see map), where we will leave at 10 am sharp. From Bedford, go north on Great Road to North Road, and bear left onto Chelmsford Road (Route 4), The parking area entrance is immediately on the left, opposite Renzo Salon, at 21 Chelmsford Road.
Leader: Dan Hurwitz, Bedford Trails Committee
Note: Our Trail Walk will be slow-paced. Please wear comfortable, closed toe, walking shoes or boots that can handle wet, ice or snow. Children and well-behaved dogs on leash are welcome. We will walk rain, snow, or shine.
Contact: Please check the Bedford Trails website for weather-related changes, and info on current and future hikes: https://groups.google.com/group/bedfordma-trails
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If you don’t have a Google account, please send an email to BedfordMA.firstname.lastname@example.org you’ll be added to the Group.
Minnie Reid Conservation Area
Purchased by the Town in 1986, the Minnie Reid Conservation Area is a valuable acquisition offering varied terrain and habitats including open fields, forested hillsides, white pine groves, wetlands, a vernal pool, and numerous edge habitat areas.
The blue trail begins at the parking area on Chelmsford Road, at the northern point of the West Bedford trail network. The beginning of the trail proceeds through a wooded area and past a picnic area at an opening in a stone wall. The trail then passes a hidden field nestled in the woods on the left before descending further down a hill parallel to an old stone wall. A small orange loop trail on the right leads to a vernal pool before returning to the blue trail. The entrance to a second orange loop trail begins on the right and leads through a white pine grove.
The property abuts the Huckins Farm Conservation Restriction, where the blue trail merges with the public pedestrian easement paths of Huckins Farm, linking to Dudley Road, the Altmann Conservation Area, Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, and Two Brothers’ Rocks on the Concord River. Just past the property boundary with Huckins Farm, a tributary to Mill Brook flows to the north and west. Some sections of the main trail are occasionally flooded due to beaver activity. Please note that bicycles are not allowed on the Huckins Farm trails.