Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

EASY 15 reviews

Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary is a 1.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hampden, MA and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

1.2 miles Loop

kid friendly

hiking

Laughing Brooks has 353 acres of woodlands, meadows, and streams along its four-mile trail system. The former home of naturalist and childrens author Thornton W. Burgess is located on the sanctuary grounds.

2 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

very peaceful, did the large loop. Saw a giant pack of deer!

6 months ago

only 3 stars because I had to come back without my poor dog for this short hike. it was a nice day and the sound of the trickling water made for a relaxing hike. sadly there was no wildlife to be seen

hiking
6 months ago

Was ok took my two year daughter. She loved the brook. We were lucky enough to see a blue heron and an owl.

6 months ago

only give 3

hiking
7 months ago

Nothing special for a wild life sanctuary all we saw was 1 squirrel. Trail markings very poor.

7 months ago

It was amazing!!!!!!




LOL. I was so wet

It wasn't Evan funny

9 months ago

Easy trail for the little ones.

birding
11 months ago

I have been hiking these woods for over 35 years. There is a low trail that is stunning with its narrow paths amongst the needle tall pines- excellent for photography with the appearance of Deer frequently.
The high trail is more uphill & rocky. The further you go the deeper the woods become until you literally can reach the side of a mountain or a wonderful babbling brook you can hike thru or relax buy.
This is a wildlife sanctuary so along the beginnings of your hike there are cages in the woods with endangered animals that need help with injuries eventually to re-enter their natural habitat.
Outside the parking lot there is a main center filled with maps and information as well as trail guides if you should need one
It is also the homestead of Thorton Burgess a famous children's author. You can tour his home while there.

1 year ago

Great place to hike around and see birds and other wildlife. The caretakers here are dedicated and awesome.

hiking
1 year ago

Multiple well-marked trails to choose from. Follow the river path, mild uphill hiking, or follow a deeper woodland trail based on your preference.

birding
1 year ago

hiking
2 years ago

I think this is a beautiful trail along the river. It is very well kept and wanders up and down slight hills. I believe if you do the Neff Trail and make the entire loop it is more than a 1.2 mile loop. There is hardly ever anyone on the trail which is why it is perfect for bird watching and picnicking!

Good trail. Most trails go up hill, but you choose If you want something easy or a little more challenging. The river is great to kick back at. I havent see many people here at most of my trips. The beginning of the trail is also handicap accessible!

hiking
4 years ago

This would be a peaceful 4 star trail if it wasn't for the storm damage still visible. There are 4 miles of total trails and it looks like new trails were cut around some fallen trees and one part of the Neff Loop trail I lost after some fallen trees. I just turned around and back tracked but the storm knocked a lot of trees down in the property. This is still a great area to picnic or go for a nice stroll through the woods and everyone should go check it out at least once.