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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Trails: Open daily, dawn to dusk


Free, donations appreciated