We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“A decent place to walk your dog, but keep your expectations in check.”

Gertrude M Boyden Wildlife Refuge
Ranked #3 of 15 things to do in Taunton
Attraction details
Reviewed 18 October 2016

I'm sure that at one time, the Boyden Wildlife Refuge was a place with more purpose than it has today. I've been here a handful of times in the past two years, and while it's a godsend for people who want to walk their dogs (because Taunton doesn't have a dog park), it's also a place that's fallen victim to lack of upkeep and proper oversight. Kudos to the volunteers and friends of the sanctuary, who apparently do all they can with what they've got.

The sanctuary itself consists of a small picnic area and a few walking trails, one of which is now off-limits due to erosion. The main path leads into the woods and is a fairly easy walk over pine needles, with some sandy spots and few hills/curves. The views along the trail are pretty good - there are nesting swans and the picturesque Three Mile River, but that's about it. It's worth the journey to get to the end of the trail and check out the dam near Spring Street in North Dighton, but you'll then have to walk all the way back down the same trail to return to the parking lot - this trail does not loop.

While there isn't much wildlife to be seen on the property, there are some other oddities - two rusted shells of what appear to be 1970s-era vehicles, a dilapidated power substation and the concrete foundation of what used to be some other type of building. There's also a one-room log cabin built as a memorial, but there's nothing in it (the last time I visited, someone had left a bag of dog poop in the cabin... not nice).

Save for the dog poop (thankfully, MOST people clean up after their dogs here), the entire area is trash-free, so the grounds do feel somewhat peaceful. The entire property, however, needs a facelift. Even some signs detailing what used to be on these grounds would be of interest to those who come to visit today, but we're only left to guess how those cars got so far into the woods all those years ago. Were they stolen and torched? Perhaps they were Mrs. Boyden's personal vehicles? We'll never know.

Don't let this review sway you one way or another; the Boyden Wildlife Refuge really must be seen to be appreciated. Visit during late morning & and early afternoon hours, or on weekends, when the crowd seems less sketchy. Bring your dog on a leash, and please use the complimentary poop bags.

Date of experience: May 2016
2  Thank Brendan L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (31)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"the river"
in 7 reviews
"log cabin"
in 5 reviews
"beautiful place"
in 3 reviews
"picnic tables"
in 3 reviews
"covered bridge"
in 2 reviews
"walking trails"
in 2 reviews
"graffiti"
in 3 reviews
"dog"
in 9 reviews
"hike"
in 6 reviews
"woods"
in 5 reviews
"spray"
in 2 reviews
"memorial"
in 2 reviews
"park"
in 5 reviews
Filter

8 - 12 of 31 reviews

Reviewed 21 August 2016

The place is wonderful and its a very nice place to walk but i felt so sad because the placed shows of neglect. Hope our city Mayor had a plan to restore that beautiful place and preserved it for the future generations to come. Make a nice long walk/bike path. One thing I noticed here in Taunton theirs no decent park, no walk/bike paths that connected to childrens park like in Rhode island. Plus the roads are not so friendly with the vehicle...

Date of experience: February 2016
1  Thank Alice M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 31 July 2016

Wonderful place to go to get away. It's great place to take a stroll, around 3.5 miles total if you follow the path to the dam. I recommend.

Date of experience: June 2016
1  Thank TheLawofone
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 26 July 2016

I went there to take my dog for a walk.the place deserted and the birds were chirping .this is a wonderful place to get your thoughts together .

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank John D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 28 June 2016

Was just there today. What a beautiful area for a casual walk.It is sad that the cabin has been vandalized by kids. Their graffiti on the log cabin is a disgrace. The porch that was attached to the cabin was also destroyed but at least it as cleaned up. It used to be a great area to view the river below.The trails along the river have been eroded and care must be taken when navigating the area. Also a great fishing spot

Date of experience: June 2016
1  Thank jim a
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Gertrude M Boyden Wildlife Refuge also viewed

 

Been to Gertrude M Boyden Wildlife Refuge? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing