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Punkatasset and Saw Mill Brook

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Punkatasset and Saw Mill Brook
Concord, Massachusetts 01742
Punkatasset Preserve trail guide and map

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Punkatasset & Saw Mill Brook
Coordinates: 42.4858335, -71.3434982
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About Punkatasset and Saw Mill Brook
Punkatasset Preserve is rich in natural diversity, geology, and the recorded history of Concord. The name Punkatasset is an Algonquin word given to the prominent hill in this conservation land, a smoothly rounded glacial drumlin formation. Other glacial evidence includes eskers, or serpentine ridges of gravel and sandy drift formed by streams under glacial ice, and glacial erratics, large boulders randomly dropped as the ice sheet retreated.

The centerpiece of Punkatasset Preserve is Hutchins Pond, a man-made pond formed for harvesting winter ice in days before refrigeration. Today the pond, inhabited by beavers, offers peaceful views on walks along the trails that loop around it.

Access to Punkatasset Preserve is from Monument Street with parking available on the west side of the road. The entry walkway is on a gravel drive, walk straight ahead to an information board for the conservation land.
From Punkatasset Preserve trail guide and map