Follow a network of trails through wetland, hayfields, and wooded upland to discover views and the foundations of an historic mill.
Fork Factory Brook’s trails run over an unexpected diversity of landscapes, from wetlands to fields of the former Long Acre Farm, and even to the remains of the successful 19th-century pitchfork mill that gave the reservation its name. Part of a much larger original farm holding, the fields of Long Acre Farm have been cultivated for at least 300 years. Throughout the 18th century, it was a classic self-sufficient farming operation that pastured livestock, grew crops, and harvested hay.
Explore this bucolic landscape along a mile and a half of easy hiking trails.
When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1 hour, 3 hours if also visiting Rocky Woods.
Trustees Members: FREE.
Nonmembers: $5 per vehicle.
Parking is available at nearby Rocky Woods.
38 Hartford Street
Medfield, MA 02052
From I-95/Rt. 128: Exit 31B onto Rt. 109 West for 5.7 mi. through Westwood and into Medfield. Take right hairpin turn onto Hartford St. in Medfield. Follow for 0.6 mi. to Rocky Woods parking on left. Fork Factory Brook entrance is on opposite side of Hartford St. from Rocky Woods.
From Intersection of Rts. 27 & 109 (Medfield): Take Rt. 109 East. Bear left onto Hartford St. and follow for 0.6 mi. to Rocky Woods parking area (100 cars). Fork Factory Brook entrance is on opposite side of Hartford St. from Rocky Woods.
Free trail map distributed from bulletin board in the parking area. Please understand that supplies periodically run out.
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.
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