About Cook's Canyon

Stone wall with gate © Richard Johnson
© Richard Johnson

Cook’s Canyon Wildlife Sanctuary takes its name from the small ravine where the Galloway Brook flows through the property.

This place was once an early 20th-century tourist destination thanks to its main attraction—a waterfall that descends in a series of cascades over rocky ledges.



Trail Mileage

1 mile
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Sanctuary Highlights

  • Galloway Brook, which flows over an old dam creating an impressive waterfall and rapids during times of high water.
  • The stone walls that formerly encompassed Barre's historic town "pound," constructed in the 1700s.
  • Original site of Mass Audubon's Wildwood overnight camp (now located in Rindge, NH).
  • Programs occasionally offered through Wachusett Meadow and Broad Meadow Brook wildlife sanctuaries.


South Street, Barre, MA
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Hours & Admission

Trails: Open daily, dawn to dusk
Free, donations appreciated

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.  

  • 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