Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge Trail Professional Review and Guide
"The theme on this easygoing family hike is beavers. Evidence of beavers is everywhere, from three huge beaver lodges to the countless felled trees and tree stumps gnawed by these toothsome critters. Where are the beavers? Tell the kids that they do not always build stick lodges. In rivers and lakes, they also live in tunnels dug into the banks. Kids get a kick out of all this, and it keeps things lively on this interpretive snowshoe walk.
Located 40 miles west of Boston, this 1667-acre refuge lies along about 8 miles of the Nashua River. When this part of Massachusetts was first settled, English colonists grew crops and hay in the well-watered river meadows. To carry hay out of the wet meadows, they used a causeway trail-now part of the interpretive trail at the refuge. In the early 1800s, a coach and carriage road, known as the Union Turnpike, ran east-west through what is now refuge property."