QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: Not sure
- Trail Mileage: ~3-mile loop
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: easy
- Sights: Sandy Stream, old mill
The remains of the old mill are close to the start of the trailhead. Close to the mill are some flattish rocks that might make a good base for a dip in the shallow river on a hot day.
The trail in total is a bit more than three miles if you do the whole thing, but you can make a shorter .6-mile loop if you prefer. When we visited in May, the gangway to cross the little, but deep!, Bacon Brook tributary to access the longer loop was dismantled, so we had to precariously step across a fallen tree.
Much of the trail follows the wide, slow river. It’s possible you’ll see kayakers and belted kingfishers. It’s obvious that most people use the trail along the river rather than the inner wooded trails, because the inner leg of the big loop was a bit overgrown when we visited.
Directions: Follow Main Street (Route 202) south to the intersection of Quaker Hill Road, which is the access road to Unity College. The parking area and trailhead kiosk will be on your right soon after.