Trails and Properties Overview

The following list presents a summary of key conservation land characteristics for conserved land in Littleton. The lands are owned and administered by several town organizations.

Brook Way

Meadow, brook, old trees, wildlife, beaver dam.

Location:
Parking is available at Castle-in-the-Trees off King Street. A brown sign marked "Brook Way" is visible from King Street.

Note that this trail is not accessible most of the time. Acreage: 7.2
Parking: Ample
Owned by / Administered by:
LCT / LCT
Difficulty:
Moderate
Activities:
  • Wildlife Viewing
Cautions:
Soft mud in meadow, often wet and impassable.
 

Bumblebee Meadows

Meadow, Brook

Location:
Opposite Bumblebee Park on Harwood Avenue. Acreage: 10
Parking: Ample
Owned by / Administered by:
LCT / LCT
Difficulty:
Easy
Activities:
  • Birding
  • Wildlife Viewing

Steward(s)

Andrew Sammarco
Jim Cordingley
 

Bumblebee Park

Meadow, Wildflowers, Pond, Birds; Sledding (winter)

Location:
At the gate on Harwood Avenue and across the street (as you enter Bumblebee Lane) in a marked parking area. Acreage: 15.5
Parking: Ample
Owned by / Administered by:
Town of Littleton / LCT
Difficulty:
Easy
Activities:
  • Walking
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Sledding
Cautions:
Poison ivy. Soft muck in swamp and marsh.

Steward(s)

Andrew Sammarco
Clayton Keller
Chris Mountain
Erin Jade
 

Cloverdale Conservation Area (partially open)

Mix of open pasture land and lightly wooded area. White pine, oak, maple and a few old apple trees. Abandoned beaver meadow in the center of the area.

Location:
Ample parking is located at the entrance on Great Road.
Latitude:42.527778 N
Longitude:71.441111 W
Acreage: 20
Parking: Moderate
Owned by / Administered by:
Town of Littleton / LCT
Difficulty:
Easy
Activities:
  • Walking
  • Hiking
  • Birding
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Biking
  • Snowshoeing
  • Cross-country Skiing
Cautions:
Poison Ivy and occasional wet and muddy trails in the eastern portion.
The meadow is currently (February 1st) flooded and impassable.
Boardwalks are planned for easy access in the future.

Steward(s)

Rick Findlay
Jim O’Neil
Karen O’Neil
 

Conant Park

Red Pine Grove and Boardwalk over Swamp

Location:
Off White Street. In the center of a busy and somewhat congested area of town. It is bounded by Littleton Lumber Company, Pine Tree Park, residences and the Middle School playing fields. Acreage: 6.7
Parking: Ample
Owned by / Administered by:
LCT / LCT
Difficulty:
Easy
Activities:
  • Walking
  • Hiking
Cautions:
Poison Ivy

Steward(s)

Carl Rivenberg
Rick Findlay
 

Frost Corner

Tall Pines

Location:
There is space for one car on the side of Nashoba Road. Acreage: 9.1
Parking: Difficult
Owned by / Administered by:
LCT / LCT
Difficulty:
Easy
Cautions:
Watch out for traffic on Newtown Road.
 

George and Lucy Yapp Conservation Land

Many small hills; dense, mature tree cover; brooks and pocket swamps; large open field. Four interconnected trails provide a variety of terrain in this property and join it with Cobb Memorial Trail and Morrison Orchard Extension.

Location:
The land is located on the east side (left side going toward Acton) of Newtown Road, south of the intersection with Shaker Lane.

Plenty of parking is available in a field, at the opening in the fence, which extends along the roadside. The opening is visible near the highly visible information kiosk. Acreage: 53.6
Parking: Ample
Owned by / Administered by:
Town of Littleton / LCT
Difficulty:
Easy
Activities:
  • Walking
  • Hiking
  • Birding
  • Wildlife Viewing
Cautions:
Soft Muck in pocket swamps, vernal ponds and brooks.

Steward(s)

Cal Yapp
Rick Findlay
 

Hartwell Family Memorial Preserve

Very old stone bridge over Beaver Brook, woodland, grassland, ponds, marsh, wildlife

Location:
Off Hartwell Avenue, about six tenths of a mile from Route 2A (Ayer Road). The land is located on the East Side of the street, opposite utility pole number 71.

Parking is behind a green and white sign saying "Hartwell Family Memorial Preserve" Enter between two posts (old utility poles) and park in the grassed area. Acreage: 87
Parking: Ample
Owned by / Administered by:
Town of Littleton / LCT
Difficulty:
Moderate
Activities:
  • Walking
  • Hiking
  • Birding
  • Wildlife Viewing
Cautions:
Poison Ivy and Ticks.

Steward(s)

Juliana Miller
Kevin Spurr
Keith Hevenor
 

Holly Park

Flowers, Shrubs

Location:
Corner of Harwood Avenue and Tahattawan Road Acreage: 1
Parking: Difficult
Owned by / Administered by:
LCT / LCT
Difficulty:
Easy
Activities:
  • Birding
Cautions:
Watch for traffic.

Steward(s)

Rick Findlay
Daniel Parvanov
 

Long Lake Park

Wildlife, Lake Shore, Hill, restored old grasslands, lake and hill views

Location:
The southeasterly side of town, easterly of Route 495 about midway between Routes 2 and 119. More specifically, it is on the westerly side of Newtown Road, near the intersection of Harwood Avenue.

Access/Parking is available at three locations:
* At the end of Middlesex Drive on the road or in a dirt parking spot on the left. A well used trail starts at this location.
* A parking area on Harwood Avenue near Newtown Road. A sign saying "Town of Littleton Conservation Land" is at the parking area. A new trail starts here and joins a well used older trail.
* At the end of Colonial Drive. A parking area constructed by the Town is on the left before Colonial Drive turns into a narrow dirt road. Walking down the dirt road will take you to Long Lake. A renewed old trail exists on the right as you approach the lake shore. Acreage: 180
Parking: Ample
Owned by / Administered by:
Town of Littleton / LCT
Difficulty:
Easy
Activities:
  • Walking
  • Hiking
  • Birding
  • Wildlife Viewing
Cautions:
Poison Ivy.

Steward(s)

Andrew Sammarco
Jim O’Neil
Charlie Specht
Pat O’Donoghue
Karen O’Neil
 

Mary Shepard Open Space

Meadow, brook, glacial esker. Historical significance of Mary Shepard.

Location:
Access is at the intersection of Snow Terrace and Woodridge Road, where white trail markers are located on trees. Directional signs are posted at sharp turns.

Park on the edge of the road at Snow Terrace.

An alternate parking area and entrance are on Powers Road. Acreage: 20.3
Parking: Ample
Owned by / Administered by:
Town of Littleton / LCT
Difficulty:
Easy
Activities:
  • Walking
  • Hiking
  • Birding
  • Wildlife Viewing
Cautions:
Wet areas (hiking boots recommended).

Steward(s)

Juliana Miller
 

Mill Hill

Beaver Brook

Location:
Mill Hill lies south of Mill Road, adjacent to the Parlee lumber mill, and borders Beaver Brook by some 700 feet.

Parking: Off Mill Road at the signed entrance. Acreage: 24.4
Parking: Ample
Owned by / Administered by:
Town of Littleton / LCC
Difficulty:
Easy
Activities:
  • Hiking
  • Picnicking
Cautions:
Poison Ivy

Steward(s)

Russ Mullen
Bartlett Harvey
 

Morgan Land

Open Fields

Location:
On the south side of King Street, directly opposite the Congregational Church. Acreage: 50
Parking: Moderate
Owned by / Administered by:
Town of Littleton / Board of Selectmen
Difficulty:
Easy
Activities:
  • Walking
  • Hiking
  • Birding
  • Wildlife Viewing
Cautions:
Poison Ivy

Steward(s)

Andrew Sammarco
 

Nagog Hill Orchard

Orchard (restricted access), scenic roads, spectacular views, rich geological history.

Location:
Off Nagog Hill Road, across from Lake Nagog. The parking area is surrounded by split-rail fence. There is space for seven cars. The Dr. Ed Bell trail starts here and enters Sarah Doublet Forest. Acreage: 129
Parking: Ample
Owned by / Administered by:
Town of Littleton / LCC
Difficulty:
Easy
Activities:
  • Birding
Cautions:
Do not enter the orchards or buildings without permission.
 

Nashoba Wetlands

Old Beech forest, Swamp, Sweet Pepper bush

Location:
Access is off Nashoba Road. Parking space for one car exists on the opposite side of the road from the sign. Acreage: 25
Parking: Moderate
Owned by / Administered by:
LCT / LCT
Difficulty:
Easy
Activities:
  • Hiking
  • Geocaching
Cautions:
Soft muck in swamp.

Steward(s)

Andy Curran
 

Nashoba Woodlands

See the individual trail guide entries for the associated properties. As a group, they offer extensive hiking, wildlife, trees, views and quiet.

Location:
Nashoba Woodlands encompasses the trails within and connecting Cobb Trail, Cobb Forest, George and Lucy Yapp Conservation Land, Morrison Orchard Extension, Fort Rock and Shaker Lane School Land. It is possible to enter from any of these areas and hike to / through the others. Acreage: 100
Parking: Ample
Owned by / Administered by:
Town of Littleton, SVT, LCT / LCT
Difficulty:
Easy
Activities:
  • Walking
  • Hiking
  • Birding
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Geocaching
Cautions:
Poison ivy, soft muck in wet areas, ticks in grassy and wooded areas.
 

Newtown Hill

Hill top, Fields, Wildlife, Marsh, Ancient Beech Tree

Location:
Turn off Newtown Road onto paved access road, located next to mailbox 559. Park on the left before the locked gate entrance to the water tower. There is room for several cars in a parking area. Acreage: 98
Parking: Ample
Owned by / Administered by:
Town of Littleton / LCC
Difficulty:
Easy
Activities:
  • Hiking
  • Birding
  • Wildlife Viewing
Cautions:
A peat bog when wet will not support the weight of an adult. Poison ivy, briars, barbed wire. Ticks are common in the fields.

Steward(s)

Richard Buckles
 

Oak Hill

Lookout Rock and Tophet Chasm

Location:
Near Littleton Depot, 1/2 mile from the junctions of Route 2 and 495. Main parking area and entrance is off Oak Hill Road. New 10 car lot opened on Harvard Rd. in Sept. 2017. Acreage: 220
Parking: Ample
Owned by / Administered by:
Town of Littleton / LCC
Difficulty:
Moderate
Activities:
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Cautions:
You should stay on marked trails until you are familiar with the hill and chasm. Roads and house lots encircle this property; so if you do get lost it will only be temporary.

Steward(s)

Bill Brown
Andrew Halloran
John Zimmer
 

Prouty Woods

Forest, Lake Shore, Hill, View, Field, Chestnut plantation, diverse trees

Location:
On Wilderness Road (which is off Foster Street) between Faye Park and the Fire stations. A short distance from Foster Street are a parking lot, kiosk, and barn. To access NEFF offices take the first right on Wilderness Road, park behind the garages and walk down the driveway to the main entrance under the portico. Acreage: 107
Parking: Ample
Owned by / Administered by:
NEFF / NEFF
Difficulty:
Easy
Activities:
  • Hiking

Steward(s)

Andrew Sammarco
Cammy Bean
 

Robert and Emily Cobb Memorial Forest

Varied topography with pond, swamps, hills, woodland, old stone bridge

Location:
Located at a small gravel parking lot on Nashoba Road and within the cul-de-sac at Pickard Lane Extension. Acreage: 47
Parking: Ample
Owned by / Administered by:
LCT / LCT
Difficulty:
Easy
Activities:
  • Hiking
  • Birding
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Geocaching
Cautions:
Some remnants of old barbed wire remain far off the trails.

Steward(s)

Ray O’Neil
Jim Campbell
 

Sarah Doublet Forest

Quiet, Unusual Rock Formations, Wildlife, Forest

Location:
Access is by way of Charter Road (a dirt road) leading off Nashoba Road. A Trust sign is on the corner of this dirt road and Nashoba Road. The dirt road leads to a parking area on the left where another Trust sign is located. Another access way is through the Ed Bell trail starting at the town-owned parking lot on Nagog Hill Road. Acreage: 98
Parking: Ample
Owned by / Administered by:
LCT / LCT
Difficulty:
Easy
Activities:
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Geocaching
Cautions:
Trails are steep and rocky at some locations. Poison ivy is under control.

Steward(s)

Rick Roth
Jeff Simmons
 

Town Forest

Pine Forest

Location:
Access to the property is by a trail that starts approximately 300 feet northerly, (toward Foster Street). Parking is very difficult as the shoulders are very narrow along Harwood Avenue at this location. Parking is best at Bumblebee Park with a walk of 10-15 minutes to the trail head. Trail access is minimal due to swamp conditions and the presence of new homes on Harwood Avenue. Acreage: 77.5
Parking: Difficult
Owned by / Administered by:
Town of Littleton / Board of Selectmen
Difficulty:
Easy
Cautions:
Poison ivy, swamp.
 

Two Brothers Trail

Open meadows, stone walls, connects several conservation lands.

Location:
Three places to park and access the trail:

Off White Street at Conant Park.

In the Congregational Church parking lot.

In the parking lot near the Town Offices on Shattuck Street.
Parking: Ample
Owned by / Administered by:
LCT, Town of Littleton / LCT
Difficulty:
Easy
Activities:
  • Hiking
  • Birding
  • Wildlife Viewing
Cautions:
Steep hillside at Prouty Woods Community Forest.

Steward(s)

Andrew Sammarco
 

White Tail Woods

Mature Oak Woodlands

Location:
Park off Spectacle Pond Road. A Trust sign is adjacent to a kiosk that shows a map of the area. Acreage: 36.8
Parking: Ample
Owned by / Administered by:
LCT / LCT
Difficulty:
Easy
Activities:
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Cautions:
Some adjacent homeowners have created side trails to the rear of their properties which can cause confusion when following the Boy Scout trails. Watch for the orange markers to stay on the correct trail.

Steward(s)

Dick Andersen