Distance: 4.1 miles
Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Map: Great Brook Farm
Parking: Large parking lot. $2 metered daily fee until 6pm. Ski center parking is closest, but the meter there has never worked. I have always gone to the main lot to use the meter. You can also get an annual MA park pass ($25 MA residents/$45 non-residents).
Restrooms: Ski center lot has pit toilets. Main lot has restroom with sinks as well
Post hike dinner: Udupi Bhavan, Lowell, MA
Directions: From main parking lot, take trail towards ski center. Cross Lowell Street. Acorn trail starts right across the street from the ski center. After returning to the ski center I turned left and did part of the Lantern trail. Numbers on the trail map have numbered posts on the trail.
I used to get lost all the time doing the Acorn Trail, but I've finally got it. It isn't a huge park, so getting lost is not so bad. And there are numbers at intersections.
Note: Well behaved dogs are allowed off leash. Dogs are supposed to be put on leash when passing others. Some trails allow horses & bikes. I believe the Acorn trail doesn't. It is a less used trail compared to some of the other trails in the park. We do tend to find a lot of ticks on this trail.
The hikes here are very easy.
The farm sells their own home made ice cream. This year, the ice cream shop opened on April 14th. For dog walkers, they have a window in the building where you can order your ice cream from, since dogs aren't allowed in the shop.
|Main parking lot with view of farm. Go the opposite way towards the ski center.|
|At this point, I take my dog off leash.|
|This trail passes by many fields which are leased out to farmers.|
|Trek with baby pines|
|Looking up - same location as previous photo|
|Trek in skanky pond|
|One of the huge fields on the Lantern trail - great for running in|
|We stopped by the farm where they have some cows and goats. They came running to see us.|
|The farm sells their own ice cream. Tons of flavors and really good. I *always* stop here after our hike.|