1160 Pleasant St, Brockton, MA 02301, USA
Owned By: Wildlands Trust
This 126-acre Wildlands Trust property features 3 miles of woodland trails and boardwalks, as well as old stone walls, and a 20-foot-tall glacial erratic boulder. Located in a quiet corner of an otherwise busy urban community, on the Brockton-Easton line.
Because of steadily diminishing membership, the Brockton Audubon Society transferred this land to the Wildlands Trust in 2011 so that it would be protected and cared for in perpetuity. Numerous old stone walls indicate prior agricultural use. Imagine open pastures where the forest now stands!
Begin at the parking area on Pleasant Street. Follow the trail through the woods. You will soon come to the start of the loop trail. Proceed to the right, and continue to the first of several benches. Soon after, some steps built into the trail lead down to a boardwalk that traverses a wetland. For a shorter walk, continue around the loop (0.80 miles total). This will take you by a very large glacial erratic boulder! There is also a 0.20-mile spur trail along the way that leads to the Hancock Elementary School. Before you get there, you’ll find a bench and a Little Free Library.
For a longer walk, just before the very large glacial erratic, bear right onto the red-blazed West Elm Connector Trail (0.65 miles). This trail features additional boardwalks, as well as old stone walls and the occasional glacial erratic boulder. It eventually comes out to a long straight dirt road. Along the way, you’ll see another trailhead at Santee Road, but you can continue all the way to the property boundary at Goldfinch Drive and West Elm Street.
The trails at Brockton Audubon are relatively flat, with the exception of the stairs mentioned above. They can also be rocky in places.
Extend your visit by continuing to Stone Farm Conservation Area, which is owned by the City of Brockton. If you exit Brockton Audubon at the Goldfinch Drive trailhead, turn left on West Elm street, and continue about 0.14 miles down the road, past Athens Drive. You’ll find the Stone Farm trailhead and property sign across the street, just inside the power easement.
Habitats and Wildlife
The forest here is relatively young (50 years). It is composed primarily of oak, beech, pine and maple, with some gray and yellow birch, slippery elm, tupelo, witch hazel, and shagbark hickory. The streams and wetlands on this property drain to Dorchester Brook, which is part of the Taunton River watershed.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Size: 126 acres
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: There is a small parking lot on Pleasant Street, nearly across from Albany Street. Additional access from Goldfinch Drive and Santee Road.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Informational kiosk at Pleasant Street entrance, plus numerous interpretive signs along the trails and occasional benches. There is a Little Free Library and a bench on the spur trail to the school.
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: Dorchester Brook (Taunton River watershed)