This is a nice, easy hike easily accessible from the highway (Route 24) and Brockton’s Westgate Mall. By itself, this hike is short and sweet, but you can add it to the nearby Stone Farm Conservation trails and make a longer loop out of it. You’re never very far from civilization on this walk; you’ll see people’s backyards and powerlines, and the property website notes that there are 25K residents within a 5 mile radius of this preserve. However, this is still a wonderful urban hike that provides solitude and some cool glacial erratics (i.e. big boulders!).
The 125-acre property was owned by the Brockton Audubon until 2012 when Wildlands Trust took it over. There are many stone walls throughout the property from its previous use as farmland. There are a number of interesting placards to read throughout the trail, and many of the tree species are labeled.
HOW TO GET THERE
TRAIL DESCRIPTION & MAP
The trail is very well-marked from start to finish. There are maps that mark your location along the trail.
Rated on a scale of 1 (difficult/not good) to 5 (easy/awesome!)
*NOTE: these ratings are for Option 1, the easier trail!
P – Parking & Access – 1 (very small, off-road dirt lot that fits 4 cars)
I – Interest Level – 2 (not a ton to see, but the kids liked the boulders)
N – Navigation – 4 (well-marked)
T – Terrain – 4 (much of the trail is a wide dirt/grass path, but other than that there are some roots and rocks; accessible with a jogging stroller)
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.
Points of Interest
- The boulders
2. The boardwalks
3. Old stonewalls
Westgate Mall nearby offers a number of eating establishments; our kids love Yamato, the hibachi grill!