The Scarborough Brook Loop Trail at the Scarborough Brook Conservation Area in Belchertown, Massachusetts is an easy 1.4 mile loop trail.
The conservation lands around Scarborough Brook are loved for the two fishing ponds and the surrounding field and forests. It is also home to a section of the long-distance New England National Scenic Trail with a nice view from the land’s high point.
Route: This loop is just over one mile. Walk over the bridge and into the field that borders the two ponds. There are picnic tables and bird nestboxes in this area, and the upper pond is readily accessible. Follow the trail, which has white blazes, past the ponds to where the forest begins. The trail slowly rises, and a short side trail on the left leads down to the shady brook, which is worth a visit. Back on the main trail, the path rises more sharply and traverses the top of a small ridge, allowing excellent views into the forest. You will soon enter private property, so please be respectful of the landowner’s generosity. Turn right at a T intersection. You are soon at the high point of the walk, and approximately half-way through the loop. Pause here to enjoy the forest and the views through the trees. The trail weaves through undulating terrain to Gulf Road. Turn right and follow this quiet road back to the beginning.Partner: This trail was submitted by our partner, Kestrel Land Trust. Kestrel Land Trust partners with towns to create, conserve, and care for public lands to help everyone connect with nature. The conservation lands here are owned by the Town and portions are monitored by Kestrel through a Conservation Restriction.
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