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 & restrooms: Closed
Trails: Open daily, dawn to dusk

→ For your safety and to avoid conflicts with wildlife, please follow our sanctuary guidelines during your visit.


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

As a way to give even more people access to nature and to thank active military for their service, we are proud to offer:

EBT Participants: Free for up to 4 people when you show your EBT card
ConnectorCare Card to Culture Participants: Free for up to 4 people when you show your ConnectorCare card
Wonderfund Access: Free for up to 4 people when you show your Wonderfund card
Active-Duty Military: Free for up to 5 people with a valid military ID card




Trail Mileage

2 miles (universally accessible: 2,000 feet)
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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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