About Nashoba Brook

Woods with fern ground cover at Mass Audubon Nashoba Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

Migrating songbirds rest and feed in the fields and woodlands of Nashoba Brook. Foxes, owls, and hawks hunt for small prey in the grass, by the stream, or atop stonewalls.

This mostly wooded property consists of various sanctuary parcels, and the Town of Westford's Richard Emmet Conservation Land.



Trail Mileage

3.6 miles
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Sanctuary Highlights

  • Trails added to the Emmet Woods section of the sanctuary (across Route 225).
  • Northern Red-backed Salamanders, often found beneath rocks or rotting logs.
  • Short loop trail through a white pine-oak forest and wetland habitat and past Vine Brook, a bog, and a pond.
  • Trail connections to the town of Westford's Richard Emmet Conservation Land that enable you to extend the length of your hike.
  • Vernal pool that comes alive each spring with Wood Frogs and Spotted Salamanders.


Concord Road/Rte-225, Westford, 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