Great Brook Farm State Park
984 Lowell Road
Carlisle, MA

As well as having 20 miles of hiking trails, Great Brook is a working farm, with cows, goats, rabbits, sheep, geese and more.   Kids love to buy food from the quarter machines to feed the goats and sheep.  In the summer, there's an ice cream stand that makes some of the best homemade ice cream in New England.   This is always a fun park to visit, even if you're not up for much hiking.

From the Massachusetts State Parks and Recreation Dept. website

Chosen by Yankee Magazine's Travel Guide to New England as Editor's Pick 2000, Great Brook Farm State Park stands as a jewel in northern Massachusetts! Agriculture has been part of Great Brook's history for centuries. Holsteins have been kept here for over 60 years and current farmer Mark Duffy continues the tradition with his black & white ladies. Native Americans used sections of Great Brook Farm as sacred sites. Seventeenth century cellar holes comprise "the city" where early English settlers worked one of numerous mill sites on the 1,000 acre park.

Barn tours run daily and public tours on weekends; both are available with reservations through the month of October. There are over 20 miles of trails available for walkers, hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. During the winter months, cross-country skiing is available and one trail is lantern lit for a "mooon light" experience! The park is open year round from sunrise to sunset and is available to the public free of charge. The ice cream stand is open through the month of October.

Park Directions

Great Brook Farm State Park is located in north-eastern Massachusetts.
From north or south:
Take Rte. 128 to Exit 31B. Rte. 225 west to Carlisle Center. North on Lowell St.

For more information on Great Brook Farms from the Massachusetts State Parks and Recreation Dept., including a trail map, click here.  
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