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Green marshy wetlands with a river running through. On the far side of the marsh is a tall evergreen forest.

Trails at Rough Meadows

At Rough Meadows, you can explore 1.6 miles of well-marked trails through coastal woodlands to several viewpoints that offer panoramic views of the Great Marsh.

You will find granite benches to sit and have a snack at the end of Professor Chandler's Long Walk and on the Kestrel Trail. Sawyer's Island is a 1-mile hike from the parking area—it offers spectacular vistas and a view of an active Osprey nesting platform.

Trail Map

download Rough Meadows Trail Map (3.2 MB)

Trail Descriptions

Professor Chandler’s Long Walk 

Distance: 0.65 miles
Leads to the eastern part of the sanctuary where there is a spectacular view of the salt marsh. It is named in honor of Professor Alfred D. Chandler, Jr., whose conservation vision protected most of this land. (Please Note: The salt marsh portion of this trail floods at high tide; plan your visit accordingly.)

Kestrel Trail 

Distance: 0.19 miles
A short trail that passes through a field along the edge of a woodland and offers a view into the salt marsh.

Sassafras Trail 

Distance: 0.22 miles
Part of a loop with Professor Chandler’s Long Walk, this trail passes through a mixed forest where sassafras trees are common.

Hickory Trail 

Distance: 0.18 miles
A loop off Professor Chandler’s Long Walk that meanders through an oak and hickory forest along the edge of the salt marsh.

Appy’s Way 

Distance: 0.22 miles (0.34 miles with extension)

Named in honor of Appy Chandler—who helped make Professor Chandler’s vision a reality—this trail leads to a small hill with a view of the salt marsh, a tidal creek, and salt pannes. Take the extension to the viewpoint for a longer walk.