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Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Norfolk

Trails at Stony Brook

Hike, explore, and enjoy Stony Brook's 2 miles of trails that offer easy access to open water; wildlife viewing on bridges and boardwalks; and meander through quiet fields, and along woodland paths. 

The Pond Loop, Sensory Trail, and Beech Grove Trail are part of Bristol Blake State Reservation, a property that is cooperatively managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and Mass Audubon. Trail maps, an interpretive sanctuary guide, and recent wildlife sightings are available at the Stony Brook Nature Center.

Trail Map

Download a copy of the trail map to take on your next adventure.

download Stony Brook Trail Map (color) (299.3 kB)

Trail Descriptions

Salamander Way

Hike nearly half a mile through mature hardwood and pine forests, over an esker and next to a vernal pool. Look for painted turtles and ducks around the pond and listen for wood frogs and woodpeckers as you walk. The trail leads to Marshall Street, connecting back to the Nature Center.

Beech Grove Trail

This short loop (622 feet long) at the end of the boardwalk takes you around the perimeter of the island, which is predominantly covered with beech trees. The observation deck overlooking the marsh is a great spot for bird watching.

Pond Loop Trail

This half mile loop includes a walk through a variety of habitats along level terrain. Enjoy the varied sights and sounds from field to forest to wetland. Take your time, and you might observe a muskrat, mink, or otter dart through the underbrush and into the pond. Look for signs that animals have visited—such as tracks in the mud or snow, stripped pinecones where a squirrel may have snacked, or gnawed tree trunks that show where a beaver has visited.

All Persons Sensory Trail

This 2,000-foot (round trip) universally accessible trail leads to the marsh and pond, continues through a pine forest, travels over a wetland boardwalk, and ends at a deck overlooking Teal Marsh and Kingfisher Pond. Learn more about the All Persons Trail