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Charles Rogers Wildlife Refuge (a.k.a. “The Swinging Bridge Path”)

Charles Rogers Wildlife Refuge (a.k.a. “The Swinging Bridge Path”)

Even without the swinging bridge, this would be a worthy adventure. In fact, technically, the Charles Rogers Wildlife Refuge doesn’t encompass the swinging bridge – but it’s our favorite gateway. You can scale an observation deck and likely spot a heron right from the get-go and from there the trail dives into the woods, wraps around wetlands and flirts with the Stony Brook from the swinging bridge all the way back to the car.

There’s also a charming Red Loop along the canal and through the Wildlife Refuge which you can pick-up beside the vintage water treatment plant.

CONNECTING FOOTPATHS

Institute Woods

TRAIL MAP

DIRECTIONS

AS A WINE…

She’d be a brazen and chewy Margaret River Chardonnay, thick with oak and ripe golden apple fruit and pineapple rind riding alongside a hint of sea salt with a zingy, spirited finish.