About Wachusett Meadow

Boy walking in a stream at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary

Wachusett Meadow is a former farmstead that offers spectacular scenery and supports abundant wildlife throughout woodlands, wetlands, and meadows. Historic buildings and barns are still in use for educational programming and resident sheep graze pastures.

Our trails traverse many landscape features including Brown Hill Summit, Glacial Boulder, ancient trees, and beaver ponds.


113 Goodnow Road, Princeton, MA 01541
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Nature Center

Tuesday–Saturday, 10 am–4 pm • Sunday, 11 am–3 pm

Trails & Restrooms

Open daily, dawn to dusk


Members & Princeton residents: 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

12 miles (universally accessible: 1,200 feet) 
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Sanctuary Highlights

  • Remarkably peaceful setting including scenic overlooks, expansive views, benches along many trails, and a great habitat diversity.
  • Seasonal snowshoe & canoe rentals available for use on sanctuary trails and Wildlife Pond . 
  • Many options for short or extended hiking, and connections to Wachusett Mountain and the Midstate Trail.
  • Seasonal special events, summer camp, and year-round educational programs for preschoolers to adults.
  • Indoor and outdoor facility rentals offering scenic, natural setting for family events, retreats, and other gatherings.