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Hike the Acorn Trail at Great Brook Farm State Park!

At about 2 hours, the Acorn Trail is a relatively short hike. Yet it offers a surprising feel of being quite far from the big city, and although not a difficult hike, it will be a nice workout for seasoned hikers.  This loop takes you through cultivated fields and woodlands, following a narrow and windy trail through the forest and up a small hill. There is one main climb into the forest, and the trail can be rocky in places.

We can get an ice cream after the hike at the farm!

Distance: about 3 miles
Elevation: Some ups and downs
Gain: Negligible
Leashed dogs allowed.

Please bring: Hiking boots or shoes, backpack, water, snack, windproof/
waterproof jacket, insect repellent.  Hat or bandanna recommended. Sustained rain or otherwise horrible weather cancels!

You can read more about the park and download a trail map HERE.

Great Brook Farm State Park is located in north-eastern Massachusetts.


NOTE: We are meeting at the Parking Area on Lowell Road,
near the Barn and Ski Center.

From Rt. 128: Take exit 31B. Follow Route 225 West for 8 miles to the Carlisle center rotary, then turn right on Lowell St. (following the sign to Chelmsford.) Fern's Market is on the corner. The Park entrance is 2 miles ahead on the right. The Park Office (984 Lowell St) is just beyond the entrance also on the right. Make right hand turn onto North Road. Parking area is 1/2 mile down on left.

From the West (Route 2): Follow to Rt. 495 North. Use directions below.

From the North: Take 495 South to Exit 34. Follow Route 110 West for .6 miles to Chelmsford Center, continue through light onto Route 4 South for 1 mile, then take right fork onto Concord Road towards Carlisle. The Park office is 2 miles ahead on the left. The Park is just beyond the office , go left on North Rd, parking lot is 1/2 mile down on the left.

From the South: Take Rt. 495 North to exit 32 (Westford & To Route 225). At the bottom of the ramp go right. At the lights go straight through. At the T intersection go left (onto Rt. 225). Follow Rt. 225 till you reach the center of Carlisle (small rotary with monument in the middle). Go 3/4 of the way around the the rotary onto Lowell Street towards Chelmsford. The Entrance to the park is two miles down the road on the right. The Park Office (984 Lowell St) is just beyond the entrance also on the right



As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following:

this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others;

you assume all risk associated with this activity;

you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity;

you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described at;

the leader(s) of this activity are volunteers; and

you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the leader(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.

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  • David N. G.

    Once again a nice hike. Met new new hikers and got to know a little more about fellow hikers from previous hikes. We toped the afternoon off by hiking over to the ice cream stand. I look forrward to the next hike.

    May 16, 2013

  • BrendaC18

    oops, I mean "trails" lol

    May 16, 2013

  • BrendaC18

    Having done the Acorn Trail in past...well, I think it was meant to be...hiking instead, Pine Point Loop (outer perimeter) over to Garrison (Garrison House/City with an interesting rock), Woodchuck Hill to East Farm Trail to of course, the Ice Cream House!! Perfect Ending. Excellent tails and so well marked out.

    I wrote this out in case anyone was interested who could not attend and was curious as to the trails we took.
    Always a very nice group of people to hike with.

    May 16, 2013

  • Julie C.

    Great afternoon hike...the Acorn trail was closed so we did another loop that turned out to be beautiful. And ice cream at the end of it!

    May 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    one of these days I'll make it

    May 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to cancel at the last minute but I am not feeling well. See you sometime in the future.

    May 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've been wanting to check out this park, for hiking and xc skiing. I live in nh and work in lowell.

    May 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to attend but my week nights are busy, maybe next time.

    May 15, 2013

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