About Rutland Brook

Delaney Rock at Rutland Brook Wildlife Sanctuary
Delaney Rock

Combined with neighboring conservation lands, Rutland Brook Wildlife Sanctuary is part of one the most extensive parcels of uninterrupted protected land in central Massachusetts.

Here, moderate-to-strenuous interlinking trails wind though cathedral-like stands of hemlocks and white pine and along boulder-strewn Rutland Brook.



Trail Mileage

4 miles
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Sanctuary Highlights

  • Cooling off on a summer day by walking along the hemlock-lined Rutland Brook.
  • The large and impressive porcupine den at the base of a steep ledge.
  • Moose signs, especially scrapes on young red maples.
  • Educational programs offered through Wachusett Meadow and Broad Meadow Brook wildlife sanctuaries.


Off of Pat Connor Road, Petersham, 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