A JOINT PROJECT OF HOPKINTON'S CONSERVATION COMMISSION AND OPEN SPACE COMMITTEE

Chase-Trails

The following trails are part of this system.

Chase Trail: (Yellow markers) This trail is the longest in the sanctuary. It runs from Jewett Road through the forest and ends at the marsh. The trail is home to many fern species, wildflowers, tracks that would include white-tailed deer and moose, and to many of the state’s woodland birds.

The Fred Pilch Loop: (Red markers) This short loop starts near Jewett Road and takes you to a lookout on the edge of the beaver meadow.

The Will Brown & Voydatch Loops: (Red markers) These trails are located near the end of the Chase Trail where there are several overlooks on the edge of the marsh. The Voydatch Loop is especially good as a place to watch succession in progress, as there are a variety of stages to be seen, from lichen to forest.

The Stack Brook Trail: (Red markers) Trail begins and ends from the Chase Trail a short distance from the Fred Pilch Loop. The trail follows Stack Brook upstream over an area of rocky ground to a crossing at an old ford and bridge. The trail then follows the brook back down to rejoin the Chase Trail. Walking conditions are a little rocky and wet, so care should be taken.

The Brown Robinson Trail: (Red markers) This relatively short trail begins on Jewett Road about 0.25 miles south of the Chase Trail trailhead. It takes you to the edge of the marsh, to a huge beaver dam. Note: The Brown Robinson Trail includes sections on private property. Please stay on the trail and logging road.