About Stony Brook

Bench at Stony Brook © Art Donahue
© Art Donahue

Known for its extensive boardwalk system that goes through forest, fields, and wetlands, Stony Brook offers up-close views of wildlife above and under the water. Located adjacent to the 140-acre Bristol Blake State Reservation and cooperatively managed with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), this former 18th-century mill site now supports native wildlife.


108 North Street, Norfolk, MA 02056
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Nature Center: Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Trails: Open daily, dawn to dusk


Members & DCR Park Pass Holders: Free
Nonmembers: $4 Adults, $3 Seniors (65+), $3 Children (2-12)

As a way to increase access to nature, Mass Audubon also offers several free admission programs at our wildlife sanctuaries.




Trail Mileage

2 miles (universally accessible: 2,000 feet)
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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. When visiting, please take note of the following regulations: 

  • 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 

Photography Guidelines

Mass Audubon welcomes visitors to capture the beauty and wonder of our statewide network of wildlife sanctuaries through photography. If you would like to use a wildlife sanctuary for commercial photography purposes, please review the complete guidelines and learn how to schedule a time. 

Sanctuary Highlights

  • Universally accessible post-and-rope All Persons Trail that leads past forested knoll, on to wetland boardwalk traveling through marsh and ponds. Guide available in large print, Braille, and audio format.
  • Boardwalk through extensive wetlands ends at a marsh-viewing platform, providing great opportunities for viewing wildlife.
  • Nature Play Area that features unique structures for climbing, hiding, and free play.
  • Native butterfly and bird garden that surround the Nature Center.
  • Natural history exhibits, program space, and gift shop with nature-oriented items in the Nature Center.

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