Meandering through Upper Spencer Brook Valley

Trail along private driveway off of Westford Road for access.

Upper Spencer Brook Valley provides a variety of landscape features and trails to choose from. Some trails may be steep, and others a bit wet, especially down by Upper Spencer Brook. The hayfields are in active cultivation so please stay on the trails. There are many different plants and ecosystems found here, check out the videos below to see what you can find at Upper Spencer Brook Valley!

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This is a lovely example of several plant species that are popping up now in wet swales, streamlets, and low lying wet areas in Concord forests.

Skunk cabbage, false hellabore, and cinnamon fern fronds.
Delicate spicebush flowers up close.

A neat shrub to come across in New England. Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) may not look any different then other shrubs, but a scratch and sniff of a branchlette tells a different and delightfully spicy story!

 
 

Popping up now in the understory of the forest, these two common understory plants are characteristic of our acidic oak woodlands in New England.

Starflower (Lysimachia borealis) and Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)
A bend in the trail that overlooks Spencer Brook.

Look for the several giant oaks whose lower spreading limbs tell of their earlier life in open pastures.

 
 

This feature is unusual to Concord landscapes and makes Upper Spencer Brook Valley a unique property. The Ravine area has bold ledge outcroppings and a great view of the property this time of year before the trees leaf out.

Polypody ferns in the ravine.
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