Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary
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Twelve miles of trails at Wachusett
Meadow traverse vast meadows,
woodlands, and wetlands. Brown
Hill Summit, South Wachusett
Brook, and Glacial Boulder are
highlights among many other
features. Wildlife is abundant in
all seasons, and visitors may take
advantage of opportunities to
snowshoe, cross-country ski, and
canoe in addition to hiking.
113 Goodnow Road
Princeton, MA 01541
This sanctuary has the following universally accessible facilities: Nature Center, Restrooms.
Nature Center/Trail Hours:
Nature Center: Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Trails: Open daily dawn to dusk.
- For Your Safety
- Do not feed any animals
- Stay on trails to avoid ticks and poison ivy
- Do not smoke anywhere on the sanctuary
- Do not pick or collect plants or crops without permission
- Avoid Conflicts with Wildlife
- Do not bring pets, leashed or unleashed, on to the site
- Picnic only in designated areas
- Do not bring motorized vehicles or bicycles onto the site
- Hunting, fishing, or trapping are not permitted
Mass Audubon Members enjoy FREE admission.
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Also free for Princeton residents.
$4 for nonmember adults;
$3 for nonmember children (2-12)
From Rt 2: Take exit 28 (Rt 31,
Rt 31 south for 3.9 miles to a
blinking red light. Turn left at the
light and follow Rt 31 and Rt 140
south for 1.8 miles to a blinking
yellow light. Turn right and follow
Rt 31 south for 2.8 miles to a
steep hill and a blinking yellow
light (center of Princeton). At the
light, follow signs for Rt 62 west
by crossing the intersection and
bearing right (follow the road as it
curves right on the far side of the
common after the light). Follow
Rt 62 west for 0.6 miles, and you
will see the sanctuary sign on the
right at Goodnow Road. Turn
right on Goodnow Road, and the
parking lot is 1 mile ahead on
From Rt I-190: Take exit 5
(Rt 140, Sterling/W. Boylston).
Follow Rt 140 north for 2.4 miles
to the intersection of Rt 62
(blinking yellow light). Take a
left onto Rt 62 west and follow
it for 4.2 miles to a stop sign.
Turn left on Rt 31 and go up
the hill to a flashing yellow light
(center of Princeton). Follow
directions above from the
"center of Princeton."