Most of the trail is wooded like this…
… but there are also some beautiful pastoral scenes such as this.
The end of Estabrook Rd. The trail entrance is just up ahead.
Such a beautiful place. You can come here for a leisurely 45-minute walk around Hutchins pond, or you can venture back farther into the woods for hours. Dogs are allowed!
There are two ways to enter the Estabrook Woods.
The first entrance is off of Monument St. Click on this Google Maps link to view. If you are coming during nice weather, I can almost guarantee you will see other cars parked on the same side of the road as the entrance. There is no parking allowed on the other side of the road. It’s a little bit hard to actually find the entrance because you will feel like you’re walking down someone’s driveway, but if walk down the only dirt driveway you see, you will find the wooden brown sign welcoming you to conservation land.
The other way to enter is if you go to the very end of Estabrook Rd. and park there. Again, if you’re going on a nice day, you will definitely see some other cars. Just walk up past the chain across the road (it’s fine to walk there; you just can’t drive past it). You will be in the woods within moments. This first section of woods is actually owned by Harvard University, but they are nice enough to let people enjoy it.
I actually have gotten lost in the Estabrook Woods more than once. Even if you’ve been there before there are so many different trails, all of which resemble each other, that it can be slightly confusing.
For your first time (or your second or third time), I recommend studying a map before you go. I literally just spent 20 minutes searching online for a map that I would use and couldn’t find anything at all. There is, however, a large bulletin board with a map at the Monument St. entrance. Make sure you give that a good long stare.
In the event you do get lost, the important thing to know is you’re never too far from civilization at any given time. There are houses within walking distance all around you, as well as Middlesex School. And again, if you’re going on a nice day, I doubt you will be the only one walking around.
And one last thing… you definitely need to wear bug spray any time of year between late spring and fall. It doesn’t matter what kind of weather it is– rain, sun, hail. Just wear it. This is a very low-lying area with a lot of still water. If you don’t heed my advice, you’ll see what I mean.