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.
With moderate-to-rugged trails, the sanctuary offers visitors an opportunity for peaceful walks—passing through fields, traversing hardwood-white pine forests, skirting wetlands, crossing over streams, and ending at the pond.
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- 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.
Greenville Street, Spencer, MA
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Trails: Open daily, dawn to dusk
Free, donations appreciated