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Scarborough Brook Conservation Area

Belchertown
Nature trails and meadows
Easy to Moderate
Free

The entrance to the Scarborough Brook Conservation Area is located on Gulf Road near the intersection of Gulf, North Gulf, and South Gulf Roads in Belchertown. The area was formerly owned by the Pelham Country Club and was used for trout fishing, skeet shooting, and other outdoor activities. On the 70 acre tract are meadows, two ponds, and woodland. A marked and maintained trail ascends through woods to link the meadow area with the New England Scenic Trail (NESC) as it approaches the Cadwell State Forest. Hikers can pass through Scarborough Brook and up to Mt. Lincoln in Cadwell Forest. You can make a loop hike from the meadows to the NESC and back downhill to Gulf Road. Wildflowers bloom in the meadows during the growing season, while water birds like Mergansers, Buffleheads, Mallards, Kingfishers, Great Blue Herons, as well as Bluebirds and river otters can also be seen near the ponds.

What You Can Do There

  • Walking
  • Bird/butterfly/insect watching
  • Fishing
  • Nature photography
  • Picnicing

What to Look For

  • Wildflowers and ferns
  • Bat, bluebird, and duck houses

This is a Great Place For

  • Birders
  • Hikers
  • Families with children

You Should Know

  • Area is open from sun-up to sun-down every day, all year
  • Small parking area available
  • Two picnic tables
  • Dogs must be leashed. Please pick up waste
  • No motorized vehicles, bicycles, or horses
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