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Upper Mill Brook Conservation Area

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Upper Mill Brook Conservation Area
Sudbury Valley Trustees

Wayland, Massachusetts 01778
Upper Mill Brook Conservation Area webpage
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About Upper Mill Brook Conservation Area
Please note: Peace Lutheran Church graciously allows visitors to park in its parking lot, but parking is not available during church services and other church activities.

The trails at Upper Mill Brook, cooperatively managed by the Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) and the Town of Wayland, take walkers through a landscape that has seen a variety of uses since colonial times. The trees here are second and third growth trees, indicating that the land was once cleared and cultivated. It is likely that portions of the area were flooded for ice cutting or cultivated as cranberry bogs. Part of the area almost certainly lies within a large “Common Swamp” shown on an early Wayland map.

The area includes parcels protected by SVT and the Town of Wayland through a series of gifts and purchases that began in 1957.

While a basic tour takes about 45 minutes, additional extensions onto Wayland conservation land can add up to another 2 hours. The main trail is easy; however, the extension to Claypit Hill Road is moderately difficult.

With mapping software, search for this address: 107 Concord Road, Wayland, MA

Peace Lutheran Church allows its parking lot to be used for public parking when it is not being used for church activities; please avoid Sunday morning. Park at the back of the parking lot; an informational kiosk is located in the back of the lawn, behind a small fenced-in playground. The trail starts from the kiosk.

From the intersection of US-20 and MA-27/MA-126 in Wayland, follow Route 126 north approximately 1.0 mile to the Peace Lutheran Church on your right.

There are also footpath entrances from Concord Road, Glezen Lane, and Claypit Hill Road.
From Upper Mill Brook Conservation Area webpage