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: Closed (restrooms open 8 am-7 pm daily)
Trails: Open every day, dawn to dusk


Members & Princeton Residents: Free
Nonmembers: $4 adults, $3 seniors (65+), $3 children (2-12)
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




Trail Mileage

13 miles (universally accessible: 800 feet) Get details >

Sanctuary Highlights

  • Remarkably peaceful setting including scenic overlooks, expansive views, benches along many trails, and a great habitat diversity.
  • Canoe rentals available from May 1 to October 31 for use on Wachusett Meadow’s 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 weddings, family events, retreats, and other gatherings.