About Richardson Brook

Light in the forest at Richardson Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

Named for the brook at its southern boundary, this wildlife sanctuary offers a challenging trail that meanders by numerous large trees and boulders, an interesting stone structure, and finally to Richardson Brook itself.



Trail Mileage 

2.5 miles
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Sanctuary Highlights

  • Three species of salamanders that live in the cool, clear waters of Richardson Brook. 
  • Stone walls, rock piles, and the skeletal remains of red cedar, an indication that the upper portions of the sanctuary were open fields.
  • The waters from Richardson Brook, which eventually flow in the Farmington River,  an important water supply for Hartford.
  • Impressive specimens of red oak, sugar maple, white pine, eastern hemlock, black birch, and American beech.


New Boston Rd (Route 57)
Tolland, 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