Concord’s rivers take center stage in the walks around Nashawtuc Hill. This assemblage of protected lands has come about over 50 years, thanks to the generosity of numerous land donors, neighbors, and members who value its unspoiled character. Protected lands include Simon Willard Woods, Brengle-Ham Field, Brooks-Hudson Meadow, French’s Meadow, Shaw Land, Sherwood Red Maple Swamp.
Riverfest 2020 is featuring a self-guided hike of the Land Trust’s Nashawtuc Hill properties.
Spectacular river views, ice skating on French’s Meadow, dramatic spring floods, abandoned railroad bed
Easy walk, wet areas, some slight hills
French’s Meadow parking on Nashawtuc Road causeway
Brooks Hudson parking on Musketaquid Road
Simon Willard Woods parking near the end of Simon Willard Road
Explore Nashawtuc Hill
At the western end of the trail, a walk through the Cameron Woods loops through a level flood plain featuring hemlock groves and ferns; sections of this trail are impassable during high water conditions. On the south side of the trail, the Simon Willard Woods, once part of a golf course of the original Concord Country Club, are now grown up in tall white pine and hardwoods. Proceeding east, the Brengle-Ham field is sunny upland. A path out to Egg Rock leads through a grove of hemlocks, mentioned in a story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, to the place where the Sudbury and Assabet Rivers meet to form the Concord River.
More than 29 acres of flood plain were purchased by CLCT in 1961 from Alicia French
and stretch from the Nashawtuc Bridge to the Town of Concord's Egg Rock.
The Shaw family has made several gifts of land over the years on Nashawtuc Hill. These include two 1 acre parcels donated by Walter Shaw in 1961 and 1965 and 5.3 acres of pasture land donated by Gordon Shaw in 2010.
Simon Willard Woods
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Miller Farm and Garfield Road
Bigelow Woods, Soutter Field and Hubbard Brook Farmfield
Hosmer Land and Mattison Field
Upper Spencer Brook Valley
The land regulations
Please stay on marked trails
Leave the land as you found it
Do not remove plants, wildlife, stones, or historical artifacts
Carry out litter and dog waste and dispose of properly
Dogs must be under control at all times
Please observe posted restrictions for horses and bicycles
No camping, fires, or hunting (except by special permission)
No alcoholic beverages
No motorized vehicles except to provide ADA access