Walden Preserve

Saplings are reflected in the larger of the ponds along Sonny's Trail.
Saplings are reflected in the larger of the ponds along Sonny's Trail.

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Walden Preserve
Town: Salem

Directions: Take I-95 to Exit 82. Follow Route 85 north to Salem Four Corners; go through the four corners intersection, staying on 85. After a half mile turn left onto Hagen Road; entrance to preserve is on the right.
Where to Park: There is a large parking area at the entrance.
Description: The preserve includes 400 acres of fields, young forest, wetlands and streams with marked trails. The main trail is relatively flat, wide and easy; side trails are moderately difficult and can be steep and narrow in spots.
Regulations: No dogs other than service dogs. No hunting. No motorized vehicles except for authorized handicapped and maintenance vehicles.
Amenities: There are benches at a couple of spots along the trails.
Natural Features: Portions of the East Branch of the Eightmile River and Harris Brook flow through the preserve. Beaver dams have created several ponds and wetlands.
Fees: Free.

Things to note: Parts of the trail are prone to flooding due to beaver activity.
Owned by: The Nature Conservancy, managed by the Salem Land Trust
More information: www.salemlandtrust.org

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