O'Brien Farm CR, Westford
Trails on SVT lands are open, but please note the following:
- 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.
- See SVT Trail Policies During the COVID-19 Crisis as well as our standard Trail Policies.
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.
Visiting O’Brien Farm, with its 18th-century barn and classic stone walls, is like stepping back in time. The farm has been owned by succeeding generations of the O’Brien family since 1886, and it was protected in 2012 when descendant Charlie McColough sold a conservation restriction to SVT and the Town of Westford at a discounted price.
Please note: This land is privately owned. Please follow the signs and stay on marked trails.
- The two main trail loops are separated by Pond Brook, requiring visitors to take a short walk on Vose Road to see the entire property.
- With open meadows, forested uplands, a wooded swamp, marshlands, and Pond Brook, the farm offers a variety of habitats, making it a vital link in a wildlife corridor that extends to the east and west.
- Originally operated as a general farm with animals, vegetables, strawberries, and fruit trees, O’Brien Farm is now managed solely to provide habitat for wildlife through a plan developed with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Services’ Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program.
- This land includes a pitch pine-scrub oak plant community, a type of habitat that supports several rare and declining species, including the whip-poor-will, wood turtle, and eastern box turtle. Because the pitch pine-scrub oak habitat is declining in Massachusetts, management plans for this property include efforts to encourage its growth and vitality.
- Valuable historical artifacts, including arrowheads and a European musket flint, have been found on the farm during cultivation.
With mapping software, search for this address: 18 Vose Road, Westford, MA
From the intersection of Routes 225 and 27, follow Route 225 (Carlisle Road) for 1.4 miles. Turn right to stay on Carlisle Road and continue 0.1 mile to Old Lowell Road. Turn right onto Old Lowell Road and continue 0.9 mile. Turn left onto Vose Road. Go about 0.3 mile. The parking area will be on your right at a break in the stone wall.
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