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more lovely stream than this, for a mile above its junction with
Concord, has never flowed on earth.
Nataniel Hawthorne, Referring
to the Assabet
Beauty Just Outside Boston
Sudbury, Assabet & Concord Rivers have been remarkably undeveloped
considering their close proximity to the Boston metropolitan area.
With ten of the twenty-nine designated river miles lying within
the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, the Sudbury, Assabet
& Concord Rivers offer abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation,
are awash in scenic beauty, and provide prime waterfowl habitat
in the form of large areas of riparian wetlands.
Old North Bridge on the Concord River
An Important Part of Our History and Literature
A unique legacy
is woven through historical sites along the rivers' path. The Minute
Man National Historical Park - located near the Town of Concord contains
the Old North Bridge, site of the "Shot Heard Round the World."
Securing a place in American literary history, the rivers are featured
in the works of authors, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau,
and perhaps most famously in Ralph Waldo Emerson's Concord Hymn
as he refers to the Old North Bridge quoted in part below.
By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April's breeze unfurled
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.
Designated River Segments
Portions of the Sudbury, Assabet
and Concord Rivers were designated as Partnership Wild and Scenic
Rivers on April 9, 1999. The designated segments include: a 14.9
mile segment of the Sudbury River beginning at the Danforth Street
Bridge in the town of Framingham, downstream to the Route 2 Bridge
in Concord; the 1.7 mile segment of the Sudbury River from the Route
2 Bridge downstream to its confluence with the Assabet River at
Egg Rock; the 4.4 mile segment of the Assabet River beginning 1,000
feet downstream from the Damon Mill Dam in the town of Concord,
to its confluence with the Sudbury River at Egg Rock in Concord;
the 8 mile segment of the Concord from Egg Rock at the confluence
of the Sudbury and Assabet Rivers downstream to the Bridge in the
town of Billerica.
Classification/Mileage: Scenic--14.9 miles; Recreational--14.1 miles
the Lee Bridge: A Partnership River Success Story