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Amethyst Brook Conservation Area

Amherst & Pelham
Hiking Trails
Easy to Moderate
Free

Amethyst Brook Conservation Area is loved for its extensive trail network along the brook, for walking, running, and biking. You can also relax by the water, build some rock cairns on the shore line. Or bring your kids to play in the water. Dogs and their owners also enjoy the woodland trails.

The Dorie Goldman Trail, built and maintained by Kestrel Land Trust, continues through land trust land and conservation land in Pelham, which hooks up to the Robert Frost Trail. Adjacent to these lands are woodlands and farmland owned by private landowners, which allow for respectful public access.

From the trailhead parking lot on Pelham Road, you can also enjoy the fields, which are home to some Community Gardens.

In winter, it is a good place to cross country ski on the first days of new snow.

What You Can Do There

  • Walk or jog
  • Bird-watching
  • Nature photography
  • Play in the streams
  • Build cairns
  • Cross-country ski

What to Look For

  • Three wooden bridges cross Amethyst Brook, providing places to pause to enjoy the water

This is a Great Place For

  • Birders
  • Families with young children
  • Dogs who love nature

You Should Know

  • Trail is open from sun-up to sun-down every day, all year
  • Parking area is available on Pelham Road
  • Dogs are allowed off leash until 10 am

Contact for More Information

Bradley Bordewieck, MCA, Land Manager
Department of Conservation, Town of Amherst
4 Boltwood Avenue
Amherst, MA 01002
Phone: 413-259-3150
Field Office: 413-256-2527
bordewieckb@amherstma.gov

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