Elliott Concord River Preserve, Carlisle
- Dogs must be leashed and picked up after.
- If a trail is marked "closed," Do Not Enter. (Our trails often cross lands owned by others.)
- Please follow all federal and state orders regarding public activities and masks.
If you encounter a hazard, such as a downed tree that is blocking a trail, please contact us at [email protected] or 978-443-5588.
This property was conserved in 2013 when it was sold to SVT by the Rachel Webster Elliott Trust.
Although small itself, the Elliott Concord River Preserve abuts over 900 acres of the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, which in turn abuts over 760 acres of additional protected open space, mostly to the north. To the south, a small, privately owned parcel separates this 1,600+ acre complex from another 200 acres of National Wildlife Refuge (the Concord Impoundments), which connects across the river to other protected open space in Concord and Carlisle, including Estabrook Woods.
Please note: A trail easement from the parking lot parallels a neighbor’s driveway before entering the woods. Please comply with the signs and walk along the wooden fence to the trail into the woods; do not walk on the driveway.
- The Preserve provides habitat for the Blanding’s turtle, which is a threatened species in Massachusetts
- After traveling along the easement, the trail winds its way through forest and a field.
- Shortly after entering the forested section of the land, the trail crosses an attractive stream, a tributary to the nearby Concord River. The trail then winds its way out of tree cover into a field before heading back into a pine forest.
- At the fork in the path, you can choose to walk uphill to the highest point on the property, overlooking the Concord River, or walk along the edge of the wetland and along the Concord River.
- Near the midpoint of the trail loop a short trail leads out to the edge of the Concord River. This point also serves as a resting spot on a paddle along this beautiful stretch of the river. Paddlers have access to the canoe landing here, which falls within the 11-mile Concord River Boater’s Trail, an interpretive trail designed and promoted by the SuAsCo Wild & Scenic River Stewardship Council. This trail runs from the beginning of the Concord River to the Middlesex Canal in Billerica.
- A launch is located just downstream of the property at the Route 225 bridge.
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121 Skelton Road, Carlisle, MA
Google Maps directions from any starting location.
From Route 95 in Lexington, take Exit 31B (Routes 4 and 225 to Bedford). Follow Route 225 for 4.8 miles (Route 225 turns left at a fork with Route 4). Turn left onto Skelton Road. Go 0.2 mile. Turn left into the driveway for 121 Skelton Road. Parking is on the right.