Peppergrass Brook Conservation Restriction, Bedford
Named after the brook that flows through the property on its way to the Sudbury River, the Peppergrass Brook conservation restriction (CR) lies within a region heavily dotted with conservation lands, including the Town of Bedford’s Carlisle Road Conservation Areas, Bedford Meadows CR, Brown-Page Conservation Area, and Redmond- Anderson Conservation Area, as well as Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.
Peppergrass Brook CR is owned by the Town of Bedford. This conservation land helps protect the water quality of the brook, and it provides important natural flood control to the adjacent residential properties. As the holder of the CR, SVT works with the Town of Bedford to ensure the land’s conservation values are maintained.
- Most of Peppergrass Brook CR is wooded wetland, except for a small upland hardwood forest in the eastern portion. The wetland is dense and is not traversable at certain times of year because of water levels.
- Cinnamon fern, found here, can reach heights of over five feet.
- The walking trail provides a great opportunity for wildlife enthusiasts and birders to catch a glimpse of wetland flora and fauna.
- The trail is not long, but it crosses five bog bridges in the northeastern corner of the CR. They are located right before the loop at the end of the trail.
- The trail offers views into the red maple swamp. The swamp may also be viewed from the trail on the Carlson Conservation Area.
- Trail heads for the nearby Carlson Conservation Area and Langone Conservation Area, both also owned by the Town of Bedford, can be found on Carlisle Road.
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17–19 Harvard Drive, Bedford, MA
From Route I-95 in Lexington, take Exit 31B (Routes 4 and 225 toward Bedford). Follow Route 4 for 3.4 miles, staying right at the forks for Routes 62 and 225. Turn left onto Harvard Drive. Go 0.4 mile. Trail access is on the right, marked by a “Conservation Area” sign just past 17 Harvard Drive. Parking is on the street.