About Broadmoor

Fall at Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary

An expansive retreat along Indian Brook and the Charles River, Broadmoor is an ever-changing environment teeming with wildlife: dragonflies darting, turtles basking, otters leaving tracks in the mud or snow, and more than 175 species of birds.

Easy-to-moderate well-groomed trails lead you through the shade of mature woodlands into open fields and along the edges of vibrant streams, ponds, and marshland.

Location

280 Eliot Street, Natick, MA 01760
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Hours

Visitor Center

Tuesday–Sunday, 9 am-4 pm • Closed Monday (except holidays) • Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day
Restrooms are located in the Visitor Center

Trails

Open dawn to dusk

Admission

Members: Free
Nonmembers: $6 Adults, $4 Seniors (65+), $4 Children (2-12)

As a way to increase access to nature, Mass Audubon also offers several free admission programs at our wildlife sanctuaries.

Facilities

  • Parking
  • Universally Accessible Nature Center
  • Universally Accessible Restrooms
  • Universally Accessible Trail
  • Picnic Area
  • Electric Vehicle Charging

Acres

624

Trail Mileage

9 miles (0.6 miles universally accessible)
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Sanctuary Highlights

  • Indian Brook featuring beaver dams, nesting Wood Ducks, and basking turtles; mill dams creating scenic waterfalls.
  • The Saltonstall Nature Center, a renovated 1911 horse barn that includes an accessible welcome center, classrooms, a four-season outdoor pavilion, and green energy features.
  • An accessible boardwalk that brings visitors of all ages and abilities right into the habitats of aquatic plants and wildlife, with interpretation including seasonal audio tours.
  • Engaging public programs for all ages including night walks, summer camp, birding, and field trips.
  • Bridges, benches, and trails along the Charles River, great for bird watching, photography, and botanizing.

Property Regulations

All of the land at our wildlife sanctuaries is protected. By conserving these open spaces, Mass Audubon, along with our members and partners, is able to fulfill its mission of protecting the nature of Massachusetts. When visiting, please take note of the following regulations: 

  • No dog walking or horseback riding; please leave all animals and pets at home (service animals welcome
  • No walking off trail  
  • No collecting or picking natural items
  • No bike riding or operating motorized vehicles; day passes are available for powered mobility devices   
  • No running, swimming, or camping 
  • No operating drones or other remote-controlled vehicles   
  • No fishing, hunting*, trapping, or releasing of animals   
  • No feeding wildlife   
  • No smoking 

Photography Guidelines

Mass Audubon welcomes visitors to capture the beauty and wonder of our statewide network of wildlife sanctuaries through photography. If you would like to use a wildlife sanctuary for commercial photography purposes, please review the complete guidelines and learn how to schedule a time. 

* As part of our habitat management efforts, limited archery hunting for White-tailed Deer by a small group of invited hunters is permitted at Moose Hill during the state-approved season (early October through December). State law prohibits hunting on SundaysLearn more >