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Thayer Brook Conservation Area is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Wilbraham, Massachusetts that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.5 mi Elevation gain 308 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Forest River Muddy
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The Thayer Brook Conservation Area Trail is an easy, pleasant walk through the woods. The trail has many small rocks and roots. There is a large glacial erratic midway on the route, named Whale Rock because of its shape. From Whale Rock, the trail leads down to Thayer Brook and then uses boards to cross the brook. Once across the brook, the trail heads up to to Bennett Road. The trail is in excellent shape up to Whale Rock and is easy to follow from Whale Rock to Thayer Brook.

These trails are located behind the Wilbraham Community Gardens. The nearest address is about 670 Monson Road, Wilbraham, Ma. The trailheads are at the rear of the Community Gardens. Watch for and avoid mud when driving into the parking area during wet seasons.

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Jeffrey Miller
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Hiking

Nice trail, would do again. There are two entrances which is why the comments are confusing. We used the Bennet Rd. Entrance across from 99 Bennett, here are the coordinates 42.11796, -72.38462

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Sarah Beaulieu
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This was a really nice walk in the woods with just enough challenge. The whale rock is a really cool and unique landmark. Notes for new visitors: The GPS does not quite bring you to the entrance, drive a little further down on Bennett Rd and it is on the left. There is a really faded sign with space for about 2 cars. We saw a sign along the trail pointing towards parking and it looks like that entrance should be off Monson Rd but we didn't see where it is located. The start of the trail is surrounded by marsh so it is really buggy.

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Jody Parker-Matt
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Nice easy trail. A bit muddy in spots but not bad at all. Started with a half mile walking trail right next to it. Nice little hike.

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Witch Of The Woods
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Muddy

The GPS didn't bring me quite to the entrance. Had to drive a ways down and turn left. The sign was faded and easy to miss and there wasn't a very big parking area. Went by it twice. The trails were wide and well maintained. Some inclines, but nothing too steep or strenuous. The whale rock is vandalized, sadly. The bridges are rotten and in need of repair. A nice hike, though despite those things, would definately do again. 2.5 miles exactly.

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Witch Of The Woods
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Hiking

Hard to locate at first. GPS brought me close to the entrance, but not quite there. The trails were wide, well maintained but riddled with horse poop throughout. The whale rock is vandalized with paint. Sadly. Some nice inclines, but nothing too strenuous. 2.5 miles exactly. Would do again.

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S M Burk
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Hiking

8 hikers from the Wilbraham Hiking Club took the Thayer Brook Trails to Whale Rock and beyond to Bennett Road. The trails are in excellent condition with only a few short ferny patches. Horses share these trails, so watch out for horse manure. Lots of mushrooms along the way. Whale Rock is beginning to accumulate graffiti again. Hoping that future walkers and hikers will respect Whale Rock for the giant glacial erratic that it is, and not add any more graffiti to it.

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S M Burk
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The Wilbraham Hiking Club extended its hike past Thayer Brook all the way to Bennett Road. The trail is in excellent shape up to Thayer Brook. It is unmarked and very narrow in the section beyond the brook which heads to Bennett Road. We saw at least 10 different kinds of ferns along the way, and trees with ***dead*** gypsy moths.

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Joe Calabrese
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Hiking

Thayer Trail has beautiful woodland vistas with a soft, well maintained surface. The corner stone wall and Whale Rock are special sights. This is a great trail for a peaceful, not too rigorous but definitely challenging hike.

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David Graves
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Hiking

Easy hike. Fairly well marked. Impressive stone walls. Forest predominantly red oak, some grey birch, hickory, white pine, and another oak species that may be black oak.

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S M Burk
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16 hardy hikers from the Wilbraham Hiking Club microspiked their way through the ice and snow on the 0.6 mile "Easy Trail" loop at Thayer Brook and then took this equally icy 2 mile trail loop out to Whale Rock. A good time was had by all!

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S M Burk
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As always, a pleasant walk in the woods at Thayer Brook Conservation area. My friend and I also tried the new Easy Trail, which is a separate listing on AllTrails. Between the two trails, one has a 2.6 mile walk.

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Cc Pelland
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Tara Gilman-Sheffield
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Brian Levine
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Renee Anthony
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John Sawyer
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Brittany Dussault
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Skip Dearborn
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Lynne Honeyman
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Maria Kittredge
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Ted Polys
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Matthew Reynolds
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Tara Doss
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