Central MA

North Common Meadow


25 acres

Frolic in the field of wildflowers, then listen for the splash of frogs at the adjacent lily pond.


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


Having once served both as pasture land and as part of a golf course for the Nichewaug Inn, today North Common Meadow is woven into the rural fabric and character of Petersham Center. Ground-nesting birds hide in the upper meadow grasses while wildflowers burst into color in the lower meadow. Off of North Main Street, the historic Law Office of Aaron Brooks, an influential supporter of open space in the late 19th century, overlooks a working hayfield.


Ideas for Your Visit

Follow a trail system that begins at the law office, winds for a half-mile down through the meadow, around a small lily-covered pond, and out onto East Street. The Buell Woods Trail—a short walk south, across the street from the Meadow’s East Street entrance—provides a forested connection to the Brooks Woodland Preserve, or you can take a short spur trail north into Roaring Brook Tract of Brooks Woodland Preserve.

Admission & Hours

FREE to all. Open sunrise to sunset.

Directions & Contact Info

22 North Main Street and 27 East Street
Petersham, MA 01366

Email: info@thetrustees.org

Get directions on Google Maps.

From the Town Hall in Petersham Center, either travel 0.4 mi. down East St. and park along the road at the entrance, or travel north 0.1 mi. on Main St. (Rt. 32) and park along the road in front of the historic Brooks Law Office.


Property Map

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

  • Hunting is not permitted at this reservation. Learn more about hunting on Trustees properties.
  • Dogs must be kept on leash at all times.
  • 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


Once pasture for livestock, the property later was part of a golf course for the Nichewaug Inn, which operated on the Common through the first half of the 20th century.

Property Acquisition History
Original acreage purchased in 1975 with funds given anonymously. Additional land purchased in 1978.

The View From Here
See What People Say

Nice for a quick walk with my dog that is not very strenuous. When you are done, stop by the general store for a snack.

Nicki2259, Trip Advisor

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