Stenger Farm Park

Trails are well-marked and easy to follow at Stenger Farm Park in Waterford.
Trails are well-marked and easy to follow at Stenger Farm Park in Waterford. Jenna Cho/The Day

Stenger Farm Park

Town: Waterford

Directions: Take Boston Post Road (Route 1) toward Waterford. Take a right onto Clark Lane. Stenger Farm is on your left, across the street from Clark Lane Middle School.

Where to park: There's plenty of free parking in the lot on Clark Lane.

Description: The 95-acre property is just up the street from a busy intersection that is home to, among other things, the Stop & Shop shopping plaza in Waterford. But walk into what was once a dairy farm and you'll leave behind all the traffic noise and bustle of suburban life.

Enjoy a 15-minute stroll on the wide, flat trail that encircles a pond on the property, or take one of the short and easy side trails. The main trail was an oval track for harness racing in the 1940s, according to information that the town of Waterford provides at the entrance to the trails.

To access the farm's most challenging trail – it only takes about five to 10 minutes, but it's a narrow and somewhat bumpy hike with a swampy spot – take a left just after you enter the main trail entrance.

Regulations:
Closed at dusk. Dogs must be on leash. Pick up after your dogs.

Amenities: A dog park with separate enclosed areas for large and small dogs.

Fees: Free

Good to know: Stenger Farm is home to a fenced dog park that opened in 2008 on the open grassy area in front of the parking spots on Clark Lane. Since then, more and more dog owners have been letting their pets run loose on both the grassy area and on the trails themselves. If you're not a dog person, you may want to be extra vigilant about free-roaming dogs while you're out hiking.

This is unfortunate. Keeping dogs leashed at all times shows respect for other hikers, who have a right not to be bothered by other people's dogs. That issue aside, Stenger is a fine spot for enjoying nature.

Also, be mindful that Clark Lane Middle School is across the street and that students regularly venture into Stenger Farm as part of their school day.

Owned by: Town of Waterford

Flowers are in bloom in early May at Stenger Farm Park.
Flowers are in bloom in early May at Stenger Farm Park. Jenna Cho/The Day
A shady trail at Stenger Farm Park in Waterford.
A shady trail at Stenger Farm Park in Waterford. Jenna Cho/The Day
Ducks, fish and frogs all call the large pond that sits at the center of Stenger Farm Park in Waterford home. The pond also attracts fishermen.
Ducks, fish and frogs all call the large pond that sits at the center of Stenger Farm Park in Waterford home. The pond also attracts fishermen. Jenna Cho/The Day
This deck overlooking the pond at Stenger Farm Park in Waterford is handicapped accessible.
This deck overlooking the pond at Stenger Farm Park in Waterford is handicapped accessible. Jenna Cho/The Day
Stenger Farm Park in Waterford.
Stenger Farm Park in Waterford. Jenna Cho/The Day
Stenger Farm Park in Waterford is also home to the Alice A. Sullivan Dog Park.
Stenger Farm Park in Waterford is also home to the Alice A. Sullivan Dog Park. Jenna Cho/The Day
Entrance to the trails on Stenger Farm Park in Waterford.
Entrance to the trails on Stenger Farm Park in Waterford. Jenna Cho/The Day

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