Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge

The 1,054-acre Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge is located along the eastern shore of New Hampshire's Great Bay in the town of Newington. Access is through the Pease International Tradeport entrance.

A variety of wildlife-rich habitats from uplands to open waters can be found throughout the refuge. Because of its open coastal water and abundant prey, the refuge plays a significant role as migratory and wintering habitat for the bald eagle and is prime migratory habitat for the peregrine falcon.

State-protected species that use the refuge include the common loon, pied-billed grebe, osprey and upland sandpiper. Other resident species include turkeys, white-tailed deer, beaver, river otters, red fox and painted and snapping turtles.

Hiking options are a half-mile loop trail to Upper Peverly Pond and a two-mile loop trail to a lookout at Great Bay and Little Bay.

The trails are available for wildlife-compatible activities such as walking, wildlife viewing, photography, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

The trails are open daily from dawn to dusk.

To reach the refuge, take Exit 1 off Route 16 or the Spaulding Turnpike and turn onto Pease Boulevard heading into the Pease International Tradeport. Go through one stoplight to a stop sign and turn right on Arboretum Drive. Follow refuge signs for three miles to refuge parking lot, office and trails.
  • 100 Merrimac Drive
  • Newington , NH 03801-2903
  • New Hampshire
  • Open Year-Round
  • Entry Fee Charged.
  • (800) 496-9077
  • (603) 431-7511 (603) 431-6014 Fax

Touring & Services
  • Visitor Center
  • Lodging Nearby
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Children's Activities
  • Guided Tours
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  • Picnicking
  • Off Road Vehicles
Winter Sports
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Downhill Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Ice Skating
  • Winter Camping
  • Mountain Biking
  • Bike Touring
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  • Big Game
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Nature & History
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  • Historic Sites
Camping & Hiking
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  • Wheelchair Trails
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Paddling & Watersports
  • Canoeing
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