Date Visited: August 13, 2016
Location: 280 Eliot Street Natick, MA
Hours: Tues-Fri, 9 am-5 pm
Sat, Sun, & Mon holidays, 10 am-5 pm
Tues-Sun, & Mon holidays, dawn to dusk
(MA Audubon) Members: Free
$4 Children (2-12)
$4 Seniors (65+)
Parking: There are about 50 0r so parking spaces in the parking lot
Trail Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Size: 9 miles of trails
Time To Allot For Visit: 2 to 3 hours
Highlights: abundant wildlife, clearly defined trails, lookouts and bridges, several pond areas
Lowlights: One of the ponds (Little Farm Pond) is only accessible via motor vehicle and is not accessible from the sanctuary, according to one of the staff workers at the sanctuary
From the moment I drove into the parking lot for Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary (a MASS Audubon sanctuary), I could tell it was going to be a special place. The pretty trees and stocks of grass reminded me of some rural, country farm.
The 10 trails at Broadmoor are fairly easy to negotiate (the Charles River Loop is probably the most challenging). There are a few trails that cross over ponds and marsh land.
Overall, the trails are easy with a few moderately difficult trails such as The Charles River Loop. The trail on the Charles River Loop is somewhat narrow in some places and it can be hard to follow the trail (look for the yellow and blue marked trees).
There was a lot of activity, such as turtles, in the ponds. Can you spot the turtles in this photo? There are three.
What if I get closer?
How about now?
Broadmoor is teeming with wildlife. I found these critters during my hike.
There is also a lookout area where you can sit and look out upon the pond where I found this heron hiding.
There is a lot to see at Broadmoor. There are lots of turtles, butterflies, birds and evidence of other wildlife.
I found this beautiful swan as I was walking along the park.
All that swimming and looking for food can make you tired. So, she decided to take a nap.
There are also beautiful views of the park. The flowers, plants and trees make for a beautiful backdrop.
Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary is the perfect visitors of all ages (I even saw some visitors in strollers). It can be buggy but, as lucky would have it, that won’t be a problem for much longer in New England as fall descends upon us.
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