Central MA

Cormier Woods


186 acres

Cormier Woods farmhouse

Explore a beautifully preserved farmstead that dates to the 17th century and wander trails that lead past stone walls through restored woodlands.


Plan Your Visit
  • Overview
  • Ideas for Your Visit
  • Admission & Hours
  • Directions & Contact Info
  • Property Map
  • Regulations & Advisories


Cormier Woods lies within the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, a designated area extending from Worcester to Providence that celebrates the historical and cultural importance of the river and the birthplace of America’s Industrial Revolution. Easy to moderate-intensity trails wind through open meadow and along stone walls, opening up a quintessential 1800s New England agricultural landscape and small-scale farmstead, replete with an historic house, barn, and a blueberry patch that ripens in late summer.

Ideas for Your Visit

Five miles of connected loop trails pass through easy to moderate terrain, including pastures, woodlands, and a boulder field. Pass beneath evergreens and hardwood species including oaks, maple, and birch. Oaks are dominant: you’ll pass several species, each with distinct leaves and acorns, especially as you venture away from the farmstead.

On the one-and-a-half-mile loop trail leading toward the reservation’s northwest border, look for groves of 80-to-100-foot white pines. Listen for bluebirds at field edges, warblers in the thickets, and melodious thrushes, their flute-like song echoing across the woodlands. You’ll also wander through fields of native grasses and flowers, and, deeper into the woods, past brooks and giant boulders, rock outcrops, and cellar holes.

Admission & Hours

FREE to all.

Open year-round, sunrise to sunset.

Directions & Contact Info

217 Chapin St.
Uxbridge, MA 01569
Telephone: 781.784.0567
E-mail: charlesrivervalley@thetrustees.org

Get directions on Google Maps.

From Rt. 495: Take Exit 48 and follow Rt. 109 West. Take a left onto Rt. 16 West and follow for 7.4 mi. through Milford. Take a left onto Blackstone St. (at island with Uxbridge sign) and follow for 0.6 mi. Take left onto Chapin St. and follow for 0.7 mile. Parking near barn.

Property Map

There is a trail map posted on a kiosk in the parking area.

We recommend that you take a photo of the map on your phone so you can refer to it during your visit, or download a trail map before you head out.




Regulations & Advisories

  • Dogs are permitted to be off leash if under voice control at all times. Please remove their waste properly.
  • Mountain biking is permitted except where posted.
  • Seasonal hunting is permitted at this property subject to all state and town laws. It is recommended to wear brightly colored clothing like an orange vest or hat during the hunting season. Hunting is not allowed on Sundays. Learn more about hunting on Trustees properties, and read safety tips for non-hunters.
  • PHOTOGRAPHY: We ask that photographers or their clients become Contributing Level Members before conducting portrait sessions at this property. Click here for more information, and to request permission for any portrait sessions. The Trustees of Reservations reserves the right, and may give permission to its designated photographers and videographers, or to outside media, to photograph or video visitors and program participants at all its facilities and properties.
Before Setting Out
More to Explore


This rustic farmstead dates to the 1700s and represents three centuries as an agricultural landscape. The cellar holes and stone walls you’ll see here remind us that the zeal of colonists to literally carve a life from the landscape was at first primitive, but then powerful. By the mid-1700s, settlers had cleared forest for crop fields and livestock pastures. Only 50 years later, their enterprising descendants were transforming the Blackstone River Valley into our young nation’s first industrial center.

Property Acquisition History
Gift, with endowment, from the estate of James Cormier in 2005.

Archival Collections
Archival material related to Cormier Woods is available to researchers at the Archives & Research Center in Sharon, Massachusetts.

The View From Here
See What People Say

Wow, some of the smoothest trails I've ever run on. Great place for a run or hike.

Dave D, Trip Advisor

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