Buffam Brook Community Forest
Bounded by Buffam, Boyden, and North Valley Roads, this 289-acre Town of Pelham conservation land consists of the Clifford E. Lippincott Conservation Area enhanced by five parcels that were added between 2017-2019 with funding from the U.S. Forest Service Community Forest Program, which supports local acquisition of land to create a publicly owned forest that is managed for the educational, recreational and economic benefit of the community.
A parking area off North Valley Road provides access to a network of formal and informal footpaths that wind through both young and mature woodland. Several paths are well suited to cross-country skiing, and a short hike from the parking area brings visitors to a historic quarry site sheltering a lovely vernal pool. It’s all situated within a vast, relatively undisturbed forested landscape, spanning Quabbin Reservation and Amherst Watershed land, that filters drinking water, absorbs carbon, and provides a home to wildlife.
What You Can Do There
What to Look For
- Large, old trees
- Historic quarry (“Pelham gneiss”) with a large vernal pool
- Wetlands and two stony brooks (Buffam & Gates)
- Wildlife tracks & signs
This is a Great Place For
- Families with children
- Cross-country skiers
You Should Know
- Open to the public from dawn to dusk
- Parking available off North Valley Road (5 cars)
- Respect adjacent private property by staying on public trails
- Exercise caution and mind young children at the quarry site
- For the comfort and safety of wildlife and other visitors, please keep your dog on leash.