These CLCT properties are perhaps most valued as an iconic farming landscape, with cows grazing in the field and cornstalks appearing in their rows in spring. Yet behind them lie another 65 acres of the forested floodplain of the Sudbury River.
Mary (Bigelow) Soutter donated 77 acres to CLCT in 1993. In 2008, another 18 acres were purchased from her estate with generous member donations and Community Preservation Act funds from the Town. Both acquisitions represent an important step in CLCT’s initiative to save local farmland.
Lovely river views, hardwood stands, active farming
Level terrain, some wet areas and uneven footing along the field
On street parking:
Cars may park on the shoulder along Sudbury Road.
Off street parking:
Turn east into the driveway that is immediately to the left of the driveway to #657 Sudbury Road. Park in the parking area on the left, owned by the Walden Woods Project. The trailhead is across Sudbury Road and just to the left.
Explore the land
Perhaps the best way to experience the Bigelow Woods is from the river in a canoe or a kayak. There is about a half-mile of protected river frontage, and one can see a variety of birds and other wildlife while paddling by. Although Route 2 is just around the bend, its presence recedes quite remarkably in this tranquil place where the woods and river meet.
View more land
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