Nashoba Brook

Want to walk forever?  There are over 350 acres of town owned, conserved open space, and another 230 plus acres owned MA Audubon that protect the Nashoba, Vine and Nonset Brooks south of Concord Road (Rt. 225), east of Powers Road and north of the Littleton/Acton town lines.  This protected open space lies next to the 140 acre Butterbrook Golf Course, 19 acre property known as “Bobby’s Ranch” and 79 acres of land held by the Nashoba Vinebrook Trust, a private homeowners association.  While these privately-owned parcels are not open to the public they add tremendous value as contiguous open space to this side of town.  Most of this land is designated as Priority Habitat for Rare and Endangered Species and there are numerous certified vernal pools.  Kennedy Pond (also know to some as Nashoba Pond) is a 20 acre dug pond created during former sand and gravel operations and offers scenic views from abutting trails.  More information about the trails in this area can be found on the Westford Conservation Trust website.

MA Audubon’s Nashoba Brook Sanctuary encompasses over 100 acres of land north of Concord Road (Rt. 225), east of Powers Road, south of the commercial district on Littleton Road (Rt. 110) and Lyberty Way and west of Carlisle Road.  This land was pieced together by Dick and Alan Emmet, long time conservation minded Westford residents and bequeathed to MA Audubon.  Recently MA Audubon opened a new trail network on this northern site.  More information about these trails can be found on the MA Audubon website. North of MA Audubon’s holdings is approximately 20 acres of conserved land owned by the town and Westford Conservation Trust with a linear trail that runs parallel to the commercial district of Route 110 providing passive recreation trail use to the businesses and their employees, in addition to the general public.  A map of this area can be found on the Westford Conservation Trust website.