Among the first properties acquired by CLCT and still its largest holding, Wright Woods sits within 2,000 acres of protected and wooded open space. It links Walden Pond Reservation with the Sudbury River and a well site of the Town of Concord and abuts land owned by the Walden Woods Project. For Thoreau, the area around Walden Pond and Fairhaven Hill was one of the ‘wild tracts’ of Concord, a solitary and remote place of water and woodlands. The Wright Woods retains much the same character today.
Initially consisting of gifts by Helen Wright beginning in 1959, the property has been augmented over the years by additional gifts in the Fairhaven Hill area from Henry Seton and his daughter Mary Seton Abele, Eric Parkman Smith, Mary S. Thompson, and Eunice Knight.
Bogs, unusual cliffs, old chimney, river views, historic stone boathouse and terrace overlook, former fairground with abandoned race track
This is CLCT's longest trail system, but can be broken down into shorter walks. Trails run through flat areas as well as some challenging terrain. There are wet areas and seasonal river flooding.
From Route 2:
Accessible only from the eastbound lanes, about one third mile past the Sudbury Road intersection / Exit at Fairhaven Road and take an immediate left to park along Arena Terrace / Walk up Fairhaven Road to a spot where several private driveways enter on the right / Take the left-most gravel drive and look for a trailhead on your right.
From Sudbury Road:
Turn east into the driveway that is immediately left of the driveway to #657 Sudbury Road / Park in the parking area on the left, owned by the Walden Woods Project / Use road to Robinson well to access trails
Explore Wright Woods
The loop trail can also be reached from Sudbury Road. For an approximately one hour walk, follow the trails along the river and then turn left onto the white trail at the old chimney; this will take you around the base of Fairhaven Hill. Some segments on the return loop of this trail cross private property and are available through the generosity of the owners; please respect their privacy and stay on the trails. Panorama image courtesy of John Wood.
Stone Boathouse Panorama
One of the most scenic trails in Concord runs from Fairhaven Bay along and above the Sudbury River, past what Thoreau called Grape Cliff. Views of the river and riparian wetlands can be seen within a canopy of hickory, birch and five of our native oak species. At the stone boat house, a path up the hill takes visitors to a scenic overlook from a constructed terrace. This marks what was once the summer home of Helen Wright -- the donor of 239 acres of Wright Woods. There are also lovely views of Brooks Island from this trail. This island in Fairhaven Bay was a gift of Edwin D. Brooks, Jr. in 1981. The property consists of 2.7 acres and is accessible only by boat. Panorama image courtesy of John Wood.
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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