Elliott Concord River Preserve

Though small, Elliott Concord River Preserve offers beautiful views along the Concord River. Form the parking area, a trail easement along a split rail fence with bluebird boxes crosses over a stream and connects to a rising pine forest.

The path goes up a short steep hill and leads to a grassy opening with a bench at the forest’s edge, looking down to the river. Near river's edge, a short trail leads out to a small landing that provides a resting spot for paddlers and offers a closeup view of this beautiful waterway.

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. 

Full Description

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.

  • The Preserve provides habitat for the Blanding’s turtle, which is a threatened species in Massachusetts   
  • After the trail enters the the forested section of the land, you'll encounter a fork in the path where 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 the river.
  • Near the midpoint of the trail loop, a short trail leads out to the edge of the Concord River, where a small landing provides a resting spot for paddlers. This beautiful stretch of river falls within the 11-mile Concord River Boater’s Trail, an interpretive trail designed and promoted by the SuAsCo Wild & Scenic River Stewardship Council
  • A canoe and kayak launch is located just downstream at the Route 225 bridge on the Carlisle-Bedford town line.

This property was conserved in 2013 when it was sold to SVT by the Rachel Webster Elliott Trust.


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121 Skelton Road, Carlisle, MA

Google Maps directions from any starting location.

From Route 95 in Lexington, take Exit 49B (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.

Nearby Nature Sightings

A blue jay at SVT's Elliott Concord River Preserve in Carlisle, photographed by Gail Sartori.
Gail Sartori photographed this blue jay at SVT's Elliott Concord River Preserve in Carlisle.