About Rutland Brook

Rutland Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

Combined with neighboring conservation lands, Rutland Brook 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

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 Get directions >
Managed by Central Properties


Trails: Daily, dawn to dusk


Free, donations appreciated