Great Brook Farm Woodchuck, Chicken, and Beaver Loop Trail

MODERATE 184 reviews

Great Brook Farm Woodchuck, Chicken, and Beaver Loop Trail is a 4.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Carlisle, Massachusetts that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.7 miles
246 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly


mountain biking

nature trips


trail running


bird watching



wild flowers



1 month ago

Great for an amble through the woods. Lots of trails and open space, great for dogs. Easy to navigate, clear trails.

4 months ago

Lot’s to choose from, but not well marked.

4 months ago

There are so many great trails at this park. Also a working farm with a ice cream stand. This has become my favorite walking spot!

5 months ago

Great hike and the ice cream shop/petting zoo is a fun ending! Take a trail map as the trails overlap many times and some are poorly marked.

6 months ago

beautiful trail, I wish it was slightly better marked but fantastically kept. bugs are out and it was swampy but fun

trail running
7 months ago

This is a great trail for running, hiking, and provides the chance to see some wildlife. Some of the trails which branch off of the north side of the indicated loop are pretty unkempt, and often dead-end after becoming pretty rocky/less ideal for hiking and running.

9 months ago

Amazing Place...great hike. but bring mosquito spray.....alot of them. lol

9 months ago

I really love this park. There is a pond and lots of wildlife/farm animals. Ive seen snakes and horses and there are cows and goats at the farm. There is also an ice cream stand open seasonally which is great.

9 months ago

I loved this trail, it wasn’t too busy and dogs are allowed off leash.

Monday, January 01, 2018

Please note that this is open to cross country skiing ONLY. No hikers.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

We loved this, start at the location they recommend. Interesting river with an old mill, beaver lodges within feet of a river, two really pretty lakes, heap an ice cream at the barn in summer. Lots of trails to explore. A real gem

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Flat and easy. Also easy to accidentally follow the wrong trail. It’s pretty. Nothing amazing but nothing unpleasant.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Loved this place. Parked off North Road . Was limited for time but in 40 minutes was able to do about 2 miles . Did the loops that stayed near the pond . Very pretty. Trails well marked . Will be back !

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Great park whether you're looking for a short walk or a good trail run - on a beautiful spring afternoon found it fairly busy close to the main dairy farm parking (lots of families and a fair number of dogs) but only light traffic further out on the trails. Maps and restrooms are available at the red building at the end of the dairy farm parking lot. Took a few wrong turns while exploring but since many of the trails intersect fairly often, they were generally just minor detours :)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

One of my favorite state parks!! Clean safe trails, lots of water areas for my dog to cool down in and very kind people. I also love how it is set up I can go out for a 10 min walk of a 3 hour hike!! And it's great for kids to!! Great park! Can't say enough good things about it!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

I love this place I've been here many times, and I'm never disappointed.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

I brought my dog out here at 8 am on Patrick's Day (April 18th). We saw only 4 people on the trails, so that was nice: a biker and three runners.

I wouldn't classify these trails as moderate--they're really pretty easy. Trails are wide and well maintained.

My only complaint is that without a map (no maps available on site) the trails aren't well marked. I was off trail more than once but luckily my sense of direction got me back to my car.

There's a beautiful dam and a decent number of ruins.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Gorgeous hike, great views. water for dogs. obsticles to tire your dog out and an icecream place where you park!!

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Lovely, meandering trail through a variety of landscapes (with the pooch.) The only challenging part was trying to follow the trail shown here. We used the app to make sure we were taking the right path. Was surprisingly quiet for a Saturday late morning.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A great place for a quick day hike. A lot of flat trails with a mix of a few moderate paths such as the Stone Wall Path. I didnt hit up the ice cream shop but will do so on my next visit.The trails are a little confusing at first, but just make sure you have a map and a compass and you're golden.

There is ample parking for $2. Just pay at the main lot then head over to the smaller sized ones if you would like. A lot dogs which is a okay for me. It is always a great feeling hiking past a happy dog. Oh yeah! Watch out for horse droppings@ lol

A great hike angry highly recommend it.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

This park has so many trails and they are well kept up. Also very dog friendly which was nice. The farm was a neat side trip

Monday, July 18, 2016

Brought my dog to Great Brook for the first time this morning. They do an excellent job keeping the paths clear. The main path is very spacious and good for kids, adults, dogs and horses alike. We did come across two people on horseback so if you bring a dog, be sure they have a good recall and don't chase the horses. There's also a cute dairy farm and ice cream stand where you can get farm tours.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Hike here almost daily. Great place for a quick nature walk.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Great trail. Followed the 4.9 mile loop trail. Goes through varying terrain; some elevation (nothing too tough), woods, fields, water. Really nice hike

Sunday, April 10, 2016

This was a lovely hike. There were many choices of trail. It was our first time, so we will choose a trail farther away from civilization next time :) there was also a nearby farm that we would have checked out if we made it back in time. You have to pay 2 dollars for parking in the lot, and you have to be gone by dusk. There is a bathroom on the premises...always a plus for the ladies :) - Katie B

trail running
Sunday, November 08, 2015

A great place for the family, and also a great set of running trails. Ran a 50K here in the fall of 2015, and the mixture of fields, woods, fire roads, single track was a great combination for the run.

nature trips
Friday, October 30, 2015

Excellent hiking or walking trails. A working dairy farm is on park property and offers an ice cream stand for fresh homemade ice cream. Nice forested and marsh area trails offer great birding opportunities.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Wonderful trails!!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Great brook is great for trail running. We hit the trails every week here. You can be creative and mix them up - never get bored of the same loop.

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