Willow Brook Farm Preserve is a fairly standard woodland trail with a few features that set it apart. There is a large open field in the middle, a high wooden tower with scenic views, and boardwalks and bridges over wet areas. There are two main loops (one is 1.1 miles, the other is 1.8 miles) that would be great options for children who are ready for a longer hike but might not be able to handle several miles. The only downside is the limited parking!
Willow Brook Farm Preserve is maintained by Wildlands Trust, an organization that protects “native habitats, farmland, and lands of high ecologic and scenic value that serve to keep our communities healthy and our residents connected to the natural world.” We have visited several of their properties and always find them to be well maintained and the trails well-marked. They are an organization worth supporting!
HOW TO GET THERE
99 Barker St.
Pembroke, MA 02359
TRAIL DESCRIPTION & MAP
There are two main loops: red and blue. Both are well-marked and the trails are well-worn and easy to follow. You’ll find standard woodland trails here, with roots and rocks sticking out of the trails and boardwalks and bridges over wet areas. The Blue Trail is 1.1 miles while the Red Trail is 1.8 miles. The tower is located along the Red Trail.
Rated on a scale of 1 (difficult/not good) to 5 (easy/awesome!)
P – Parking & Access – 2 (Small lot that fits about 10 cars at most. Lot is often full.)
I – Interest Level – 3 (It’s a fairly standard trail, but the kids love climbing the tower.)
N – Navigation – 4 (well-worn and well-marked trails, but may need to consult trail map on occasion.)
T – Terrain – 4 (generally flat terrain, rocks and roots sticking up out of trail, boardwalks over wet areas.)
The P.I.N.T. Score represents our opinions of 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.