Family Bay Circuit Trail (BCT) Hike -- Nashoba Brook & N Acton Conservation Area, Acton, MA (BHP Level 2)

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Trip dates: Sunday, May 6, 2018 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

We will meet at noon and hike about 2 miles with some gentle ups and downs and interesting historic sites along the trail. This is a slow to moderate easy Family Walk, commencing from the Nashoba Brook Conservation Land Kiosk. We will walk and visit various historic sites along the way - Robbins Grist Mill,, Wheeler Farm foundation site and follow the Nashoba Brook Trail downstream /southward by the Native American "Stone Chamber" and historic "Pencil Factory" site and follow the trail as it loops around northward returning by Native American ceremonial stones and stone row, the "Pest House" site, and returning back to our starting point. There are gentile inclines over a course of about 2 miles,(with some possible side explorations to see historic relics) with several historic sites along the way and interpretive signage. There are two brook crossings using sturdy well built wooden bridges.. It has been a wet spring so expect some muddy and wet areas along the way.

"The Bay Circuit trail - sometimes named "Bay Secret" trail - is a brilliant idea conceived in 1929 as an 'outer emerald necklace' connecting green gems surrounding Boston. Today it is a 230 mile thru-hike!"

Waterproof printed BCT map and guide will be available on the hike for $15 (bring cash or check) OR for $19.95 + postage at Online maps and trail descriptions can be found at:

This hike is part of Hidden Treasures, a program in partnership with Freedom's Way National Heritage Area.

To register for this hike please click on the "Register Here" button or copy and paste this link into your browser: Questions contact: Don MacIver,, ?(978) 952-2706?.


  • "The main Trail is a pleasant two-mile loop that crosses the brook twice on rustic footbridges. Following existing Acton Land Stewardship trails with stone ruins, many constructed during the American Colonial period and later into the Industrial period of

Directions to Nashoba Brook Trailhead at the end of Wheeler Lane, a dead-end street off Main St (also known as MA Route 27) in North section of Acton, From Main St (aka MA Route 27) in North Acton, turn into Wheeler Lane and drive to the parking lot at th

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Massachusetts, Boston Area
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Jeanne Blauner (978-202-5606)

Jeanne has led trips for 45+ years for summer camps, college outings, Sierra Club, and AMC. Currently Jeanne heads up AMC Boston Family Outings and loves getting families and kids outdoors. Jeanne also leads for AMC Adventure Travel, having led to Switzerland and Peru/Machu Picchu.

Donald MacIver (978-952-2706)

Don, lifelong outdoor explorer and long term AMC member, has hiked and backpacked in North America and Europe. Don actively hikes, camps, snowshoes, and x-country skis throughout New England as well as kayaks flatwater and its seacoast. As a natural resource manager and educator Don enjoys nature study and exploring new natural landscapes.

Trip location: 
Nashoba Brook Trailhead, Wheeler Lane, Acton, MA
BCT, Bay Circuit Trail, Families, Walks, Hikes, Nashoba Brook, North Acton, TTT, BFRT
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Trip difficulty: 
Easy - Moderate




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Creation date: 
2018-02-23 16:30:24.0
Last updated: 
2018-05-02 06:39:36.647