Upper Spencer Brook Valley

Year Acquired / 1977–2002
Size / 83 acres
Trails / extensive system
Properties / 7

Our Upper Spencer Brook property is an assemblage of seven parcels acquired over a 25-year span. The terrain rises from marshes and streams meandering toward Spencer Brook to upland pastures and bold ledge outcroppings creating a ravine unusual to Concord.

The terrain rises from marshes and streams meandering toward Spencer Brook to upland pastures and bold ledge outcroppings creating a ravine unusual in Concord. Many stone walls indicate both old property lines and former pasture fields, since grown over into woods. Look for the several giant oaks whose spreading limbs tell of their earlier life in open pastures. A carpet of lowbush blueberry and Canadian mayflower rises and falls with the contours, yielding to large boulders and exposed ledge. A pair of parallel walls tells of a cattle run used to guide livestock from the pasture off Pope Road down to water in the ravine.

Some 50 acres in the northern portion of this area are shown on the map as being under conservation restriction. This is private land and visitors are asked to remain on the trails shown on the map. The sweeping open fields are harvested for their hay.

This area of the Spencer Brook Valley has been protected thanks to the forethought and generosity of owners, neighbors and members.


Dramatic ravine, cross country skiing and snowshoeing

Trail Conditions

A variety of trail options with some steep sections

Entrances / parking

West Entrance:

Pedestrian access only at trail head on Strawberry Hill Road, between houses at #736 and #759 Strawberry Hill Road

East Entrance:

Park in field across from #107 Westford Road / 
Walk in on the driveway of #77 + #78 Westford Road / Trail head parallels the drive on the right

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Spencer Brook Valley

Bemis Bench

Bemis Land

The 11-acre wooded Bemis land was acquired by gift from Mary and Alan Bemis in 1977 and 1985.

Jeans Land

The Jeans Land was initially purchased by COLF and then transferred to CLCT in 2009. This 2.7 acre field on Westford Road may be used for parking for other Spencer Brook properties.

Huggins Land

Purchased in 1978, the Huggins Land comprises almost 18 acres off Westford Road in the Spencer Brook Valley.
Wolf Tree in Upper Spencer Brook Valley

Keyes Land

The Keyes land consists of almost 28 wooded acres off of Strawberry Hill Road. The first 15 acres were donated to CLCT by Henry Keyes in 1976, and in 2002, Judy and Jonathan Keyes donated an additional 12.65 acres.

Clarke Land

Located off Westford Road, the approximately 7-acre Clarke property was donated to CLCT in 1977 by Winifred H. and J. Russell Clarke Jr.
Upper Spencer Brook Valley in Fall

Freeman/Martin Land

Donated by Lynn Ellen Freeman and Peter Martin in 1996, the 14 acre parcel abuts the Bemis land.
Piney Woods

Piney Woods

The 4.5 acre Piney Woods property was purchased by CLCT in 2000 with the aid of donations from neighbors and other CLCT members.

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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