Nobscot Conservation Land

Published June 5, 2014 | Sudbury | Updated October 2, 2017

i-camp i-hike i-mtbike mapicon_bigdriveicon

nobscot_thThe Nobscot Conservation Land is 118 acres of woodland, meadows, historic sites, and an abandoned apple orchard. It is located south of Route 20, with access and parking on Brimstone Lane. The original 78 acres of the parcel was purchased in 1974 for passive recreational activities, with a gift by Alderice Maiilett in 1985 of an additional 40 acres. The area is ideally suited for hiking, bird watching, picnicking, nature study, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing.

The Nobscot Scout Reservation which borders this parcel is private property and is not part of the Nobscot Conservation Land. Please do not access any of the Scout Reservation property as this will be considered trespassing.

From the parking lot on Brimstone Lane, conservation land is on both sides of the road. On the downhill side (to the west) is a 58 acre tract which includes considerable wetland. A wide variety of birds and wildflowers can be observed here. This tract includes the 40 acre gift which contains the famous dam built in the 1930ΓÇÖs by Henry Ford to provide fire water to the Wayside Inn. It is now known as “FordΓÇÖs Folly” due to its inability to hold large quantities of water. The structure is over 900 feet long and thirty feet high. Please use caution when crossing the top of the dam or use an alternate trail.

On the uphill side of the parking lot is Nobscot Hill, the highest point in Sudbury, which affords some fine views on a clear day. The path up the embankment arrives at the abandoned apple orchard. Mt Wachusett and Mt Monadnock can be seen from the upper orchard. Continuing along the main trail, Martha Mary Chapel and the Carding Mill Pond are clearly visible. Looking to the northeast from the orchard, the spires in the Town Center and Round Hill can be seen. On the very top of Nobscot Hill, on private property, is an array of micro-wave antennas.

Back to Conservation Office

Location Categories