About Malcolm Preserve
This modest reservation provides a portal to a much larger protected landscape of 1,300 acres. The preserve also features a wheelchair-accessible trail.
What makes Malcolm Preserve a special place?
From Malcolm Preserve, you can hike a trail that connects with Two Rod Road, leading you three miles through historic Estabrook Woods to the Town of Concord’s Punkatasset Reserve. You can also trek along a short, wheelchair-accessible trail of packed crushed stone that winds through a portion of the reservation.
The land that makes up Malcolm Preserve and the adjacent Malcolm Meadows development was once part of a 38-acre farm that raised raspberries, strawberries, apples, peaches, and pears, as well as vegetables and cut flowers for local markets. The property is co-owned and co-managed with the Carlisle Conservation Foundation.
One-half-mile crushed stone handicapped-accessible trail.
When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of a ½ hour, longer if exploring Estabrook Woods.
Regulations & Advisories
- Mountain biking is allowed on designated trails only.
Carlisle, MA 01741
Get directions on Google Maps.
From I-95/Rt. 12, take Exit 31B, Rt. 225 West. Follow for approx. 6.5 mi. Turn left onto Stearns St. and proceed 1 mi. to parking areas on left.
One parking area (general access; 6 cars) is located adjacent to the driveway of the Malcolm Meadows development. A second (wheelchair access; 2 cars) is 200 yards further on left.
When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of ½ hour, longer is visiting Estabrook Woods.
FREE to all
The land that makes up Malcolm Preserve and the adjacent Malcolm Meadows development was once part of a 38-acre farm that raised raspberries, strawberries, apples, peaches, and pears, as well as vegetables and cut flowers for local markets.
Property Acquisition History
Purchased in 1998 with the Carlisle Conservation Foundation.
Conservation and Stewardship
Management Planning for Our Properties
Since 1891, The Trustees of Reservations have worked to protect special places in Massachusetts and maintain them to the highest standards. To ensure these standards are met, a program of careful planning and sound management is essential. Comprehensive property management plans are created for each reservation and are completely updated approximately every ten years. We often work with volunteers, property users, and members of the community to carry out this planning, which typically involves several steps:
- Describing in detail the site’s natural, scenic, and historical resources; identifying management issues related to the protection of those resources.
- Describing how visitors use the property; outlining the opportunities that the property provides for people to become involved in the work of conservation and caring for their community.
- Developing a detailed list of management recommendations, a work plan, and a description of financial needs for implementing the actions.
- Developing a prescribed routine management program for the reservation that will guide staff work plans, volunteer involvement, and the allocation of human and financial resources.
View Malcolm Preserve management plan.
Maps and Resources
A trail map is not currently available for Malcolm Preserve.
Planning Your Visit
Before You Go
We encourage you to visit as many Trustees properties as you can.
Wherever your travels take you, please observe all posted regulations, follow special instructions from property staff, and keep in mind the Stewardship Code:
- Protect wildlife and plants.
- Guard against all risk of fire.
- Help keep air and water clean.
- Carry out what you carry in.
- Use marked footpaths and bridle paths.
- Leave livestock, crops, and machinery alone.
- Respect the privacy of neighboring land.
- Enjoy and share the landscape with others.
Click on links below for further visitor information:
Before Setting Out
Enjoying Trustees Reservations
About Hunting on Trustees of Reservations Land
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