Gowing’s Swamp is a rare and beautiful bog that was one of Thoreau’s most beloved Concord landscapes. To the uninitiated, it is a happy surprise, tucked away below a glacial ridge. In 2012, CLCT purchased a 7.2 acre portion of Gowing’s Swamp thanks to the generous support of the landowner and the community. The loop walk around the bog traverses protected land in all three ownerships.
Large bog system with unusual plants, interesting glaciated terrain
Generally easy walk on level to rolling terrain, a bridge to the northeast of Gowing’s Swamp requires stepping up and down and the southwest segment of the loop is wet and rooty
Park in the Ripley School parking lot, then walk to the left of the building and through the playground.
The trail begins at the far end, just past the ‘gathering circle’.
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The land regulations
Please stay on marked trails
Leave the land as you found it
Do not remove plants, wildlife, stones, or historical artifacts
Carry out litter and dog waste and dispose of properly
Dogs must be under control at all times
Please observe posted restrictions for horses and bicycles
No camping, fires, or hunting (except by special permission)
No alcoholic beverages
No motorized vehicles except to provide ADA access