STOUGHTON – Bird Conservation Area at Bradley Lessa Playground

Bird Conservation Area

Bird St. Conservation Area has miles of trails and lots of interesting things to do along the trail. The trail we hike in the video is just under 3 miles. There’s the added benefit of a nice playground and plenty of parking at the entrance.


Bradley Lessa Memorial Playground (<– Just search for this in your GPS)

1258 West St.

Stoughton, MA 02072

Park at Bradley Lessa Memorial Playground. There are other entrances. to the trails, but this is the easiest place to park, and there is a playground here for before or after your hike. The playground is set back from the road, so slow down when you get close. The driveway is easy to miss, but it is marked with a yellow playground sign.


Aside from a few inclines/declines, this trail is generally flat. However, it is quite uneven with rocks and roots sticking up out of the trail. There are a few wet places with boards laid down or stepping stones to cross. The trail has varied landscape, with woods, open fields, and several points of interest. Read more below.


P.I.N.T. Score

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

P – Parking & Access – 5 (Plenty, and the lot never seems to fill up.)

I – Interest Level – 5 (varied terrain, several cool points of interest, playground, Storybook Trail, etc.)

N – Navigation – 4 (well-marked trail, easy to follow, some potentially confusing areas, but hard to get lost)

T – Terrain – 3 (generally flat, but uneven with rocks/roots sticking up. Some wet areas with boards or stepping stones, a few inclines/declines.)

Stroller Friendly? Regular stroller – NO; Jogging stroller – POSSIBLE (we’ve done it, but you probably want two people to carry over wet parts)

The P.I.N.T. Score represents our opinions on 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.


  1. The playground here is great. It contains structures that are appropriate for all ages.

2. There is a small area with a few boulders to the right of the playground (with the parking lot at your back) that contains large sticks where kids often build forts. Sometimes our kids even prefer this area over the actual playground! There wasn’t much in the way of forts there this past time, but often there are structures the kids can add to or play in.

3. The easiest trail here is the Story Book Trail–just go straight at the trail head. For a short an easy route for little kids, you can easily just follow this to read the story and check out the quarry. The book is rotated out every so often.

4. The big boulder on the green trail is a super fun fort. Look for it on your left as the trail heads up hill (if you follow our suggested route in the video). This is one of our favorite spots of all time!

5. The pond/foundation is a good break/picnic/snack spot. Climb the old foundation, fish in the little pond, or sit on the rocks and have a snack. It’s a calm and tranquil spot at the junction of two trails, but it is usually deserted.

6. The fields and the birdhouses are awesome! We have seen blue birds up close here. It’s such a nice and peaceful spot!

7. The mysterious “gym” in the woods is a fun find. Look for it right after the fields as you enter the woods. Someone even mulched the path! You can do pull ups or tricks on the parallel bars! 😉

8. The forts in the woods are super well done! They come and go, but there is one impressive one that seems to stay! See if you can find it on your way to the pond…

9. The little pond has a cool bench you can sit on while checking out the beauty of the surroundings. Such a nice spot!

10. Make sure you check the field near the parking lot to see if the cows are out grazing. In the warmer months, they are often around and come to the fence to say hello!

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