Bog Brook Trail is a lovely deeply wooded trail that begins on Halldale Road next to Bog Brook Marsh. Follow the blue blazes and watch for moose, deer and other animals that use the old logging roads that cross the trail. The preserve has been marked as birding hot spot on iBird and beaver activity is evident everywhere. On a north facing slope are massive hemlocks that generations of woodcutters have spared. At one point the trail ascends and travels across the top of a glacial esker.
The Bog Brook property catalyzed a neighborhood at the Sheepscot headwaters into action. A developer put an illegal road through the wetland in 1990, and neighbors gathered together to restore and conserve it for generations to come. Since then, generous donations of land by Anne Arnold, Bill Sayre, and Chris and Susan Marshall have grown the preserve to 94 acres that include wetlands, woods, and glades, providing habitat for many species, including beaver and Barred Owls.
From the south: From Rte 3 in Liberty, take Route 220 North about 3 miles and turn left on Burnham Hill Rd/Halldale Rd (road curves sharply to the right here, street sign says “Mountain Valley Hwy”). Stay to the right at the fork to continue onto Halldale Rd. The trailhead marker is 300 feet beyond the fork, on your right. Parking is alongside the road.
From the north: From Rte 137 at Knox Ridge, take Route 220 South about 8 miles. The road curves 90 degrees to the left – stay straight onto Burnham Hill Rd/Halldale Rd (street sign says “Mountain Valley Hwy”). Stay to the right at the fork to continue onto Halldale Rd. The trailhead marker is 300 feet beyond the fork, on your right. Parking is alongside the road.
Before you go:
- Dogs may be off-leash; please keep them under control
- Foot traffic only
- Carry out what you carry in
- No camping or fires
- Wear protective orange clothing during hunting season