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Children love to play in the field of wildflowers then listen for the splash of frogs at the adjacent lily pond.
What makes North Common Meadow a special place?
Having once served both as pasture land and as part of a golf course for the Nichewaug Inn, the broad expanse of North Common Meadow today is woven into the rural fabric and character of Petersham Center. Ground-nesting birds hide in the tall grasses of 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. A trail leads down through the meadow, around the small, lily-covered pond, and out to East Street. You can also follow a short spur trail north into the Roaring Brook Tract of Brooks Woodland Preserve.
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.
A trail system, beginning at the Brooks Law Office, winds for one-half mile down through the meadow, around the pond, and out onto East Street. Easy walking. Looking down the meadow, a short spur leads hikers off to the left into the Roaring Brook Tract of the Brooks Woodland Preserve trail system.
When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1/2 hour, longer if visiting Brooks Woodland Preserve or Swift River Reservation.