MARSHFIELD – Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary

From the Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary website:

Miles of trails that traverse grasslands, woodlands, and wetlands await birders, families, nature lovers, artists, and photographers at Daniel Webster. Wildlife from shorebirds to turtles to muskrats can be viewed from observation blinds and boardwalks, while the grassland provides crucial habitat for birds such as the American Kestrel and Bobolink. Please leave dogs and other pets at home.


Winslow Cemetery Road

Marshfield, MA 02050


This trail is mostly mowed grass and boardwalks, making it completely stroller accessible. The beginning of the trail is also wheelchair accessible (see trail map).

The Fox Hill Trail and River walk are through a meadow and marshland, with no shade. You probably wouldn’t want to hike this trail in the middle of the day during the summer. So either come early or come late… or hike on an overcast day… or wait until spring or fall for cooler temperatures.

The trail is home to an abundance of wildlife, so bring binoculars if you have them. It’s a Mass Audubon property known for the bird watching. You’re likely to see a variety of bird species here.




Rated on a scale of 1 (difficult/not good) to 5 (easy/awesome!)

P – Parking & Access – 4 (The parking lot is small and may fill up on a weekend in good weather.)

I – Interest Level – 3-4 (Come early or late for best chance of viewing wildlife. Trail is flat, but scenic. Mixed reviews from our kids.)

N – Navigation – 5 (Trails are incredibly well marked and signed. Map is easy to read. You can’t get lost here. )

T – Terrain – 4 (Flat, mowed grass or boardwalks. Stroller accessible. Partly wheelchair accessible.)

The P.I.N.T. Score represents our opinions of this trail.  It reflects our experience, perception, and physical health.  Therefore, the scores are not intended to be expert advice, nor will they be accurate for everyone: we cannot judge what may or may not be appropriate for each individual’s different abilities.  Consult a physician or medical expert before attempting any new physical activity. Hiking contains inherent hazards, so hike at your own risk.  You should always make your own decisions about what level of physical activity is appropriate for you and your family. Weather and other factors may affect trail conditions. Remember, trail conditions may change suddenly and drastically at any time.

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