About Burncoat Pond
Burncoat Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, which encompasses the west side of its namesake pond, provides critical habitat for its resident and migratory wildlife. Its moderate-to-rugged trails also offer an opportunity for a peaceful walk through fields and hardwood-white pine forest, skirting wetlands, passing over streams, and ending at the pond.
- Northerly view into Burncoat Pond from atop Richard’s Overlook, a large boulder off of Flat Rock Trail.
- Mountain laurel, which bursts into delicate clouds of white and pink in late spring.
- Deer, foxes, raccoons, beavers, otters, coyotes, fishers, muskrats, and bears along with a wide variety of birds, from the Wood Duck and Great Blue Heron to small sparrows and warblers.
- Longer walks by visiting the Midstate Trail as well as the adjacent Greater Worcester Land Trust and Sibley Farm conservation area.
- Programs offered through Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary.
Trails: Daily, dawn to dusk
Free, donations appreciated