Great Brook Farm State Park
Other Ideas: Purgatory Chasm State Reservation; Arnold Arboretum; Walden Pond State Park; Blue Hills State Reservation; Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
There are over 20 miles of trails available for walkers, hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. During the winter months, cross-country skiing is available and one trail is lantern lit for a 'mooon light' experience!
The park is open year round from sunrise to sunset and admission is FREE. An active dairy farm operates year-round and guided barn tours are available from May to October.
The ice cream stand is also open daily 11:00am - dusk from April through the month of October. While you enjoy your ice cream you'll get a great view of the dairy cows.
Chosen by Yankee Magazine's Travel Guide to New England as Editor's Pick 2000.
984 Lowell Rd., Carlisle, MA, 01741 map
From Rt. 128: Take exit 31B. Follow Route 225 West for 8 miles to the Carlisle center rotary, then turn right on Lowell St. (following the sign to Chelmsford.) Fern's Market is on the corner. The Park entrance is 2 miles ahead on the right. The Park Office (984 Lowell St) is just beyond the entrance also on the right. Make right hand turn onto North Road. Parking area is 1/2 mile down on left.
From the West (Route 2): Follow to Rt. 495 North. Use directions below.
From the North: Take 495 South to Exit 34. Follow Route 110 West for .6 miles to Chelmsford Center, continue through light onto Route 4 South for 1 mile, then take right fork onto Concord Road towards Carlisle. The Park office is 2 miles ahead on the left. The Park is just beyond the office , go left on North Rd, parking lot is 1/2 mile down on the left.
From the South: Take Rt. 495 North to exit 32 (Westford & To Route 225). At the bottom of the ramp go right. At the lights go straight through. At the T intersection go left (onto Rt. 225). Follow Rt. 225 till you reach the center of Carlisle (small rotary with monument in the middle). Go 3/4 of the way around the the rotary onto Lowell Street towards Chelmsford. The Entrance to the park is two miles down the road on the right. The Park Office (984 Lowell St) is just beyond the entrance also on the right.
Convenient trails for hiking & bikingIt's very convenient, great for a quick afternoon hike or bike ride. Love the pond which is a great place for a picnic or to feed ducks and fish. Trails are easy to walk to small children or older folks. My kids love the trail that goes over the bridge and out to the lake. Best of all you can see cows, chickens and have refreshing ice cream cone at the end of your hike.
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