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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Trails: Open daily, dawn to dusk


Free, donations appreciated