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Bedford Town Trail Walk to Two Brothers Rocks, led by Paul Marcus
March 7, 2020 @ 9:45 am - 12:00 pmFree
Please join the Bedford Trails Committee for a free Trail Walk to explore the Altman Conservation Area, which leads to Two Brothers Rocks. The walk will begin at the map kiosk at Dudley Road & Emery Road, and last about 1-1/2 hours. We will walk to the river where we will see the Two Brothers Rocks, then head by Harvard Pond and slowly make our way back.
Difficulty Level: Moderate. Trails include tree roots, crossing steps on a stone wall, walking on bog bridges, some uneven terrain, and could be icy, snowy or muddy.
When and Where: We meet at 9:45 AM at the parking lot behind the Bedford Free Public Library. Alternatively, you can meet us at the trailhead at Dudley Road & Emery Road (see map), where we will leave at 10:10 am sharp.
From the Bedford Free Public Library, follow Great Road (Rt. 4) north to North Rd. (still Rt. 4), then left on Dudley. Total distance 2.9 mi.
Leader: Paul Marcus, Bedford Trails Committee
Note: Please wear walking shoes or boots that can handle wet, ice or snow. Children and dogs on leash are welcome. We will walk rain, snow, or shine.
Altmann Conservation Area and Pickman Meadow
The Altmann Conservation Area and the surrounding land (see map on website) were part of early colonial Massachusetts history. The parcels of land that make up the area were purchased by the Town in 2002 through a grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Bedford’s Community Preservation Fund. The Altmann Conservation Area is protected by a Conservation Restriction granted to the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife.
The 15.9 acre area abuts the Huckins Farm Conservation Restriction, Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, and the Town-owned Pickman Meadow. Its blue trail joins the Huckins Farm public access trail easement to form an integral part of the west Bedford trail system. The loop trail connects with Great Meadows trails that lead to the Concord River and Two Brothers’ Rocks, where Governor Winthrop and his deputy Thomas Dudley divided Winthrop’s land grant in 1638. Please note that bicycles are not allowed on these trails.
Mostly wooded, the terrain slopes gradually toward the river. The trails lead to picturesque stone walls, open fields, and a certified vernal pool. Remnants of an old “bog garden” near the vernal pool feature a variety of naturalized plants, including Carolina hemlock, sweet bay magnolia, sweet shrub, and several species of azalea, interspersed with native highbush blueberry, swamp winterberry, alder and ferns. A view corridor is managed by the Conservation Commission as a native shrub community. The northern part of Altmann is designated as Priority and Estimated Habitats of Rare Species by the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program.
Altmann flourishes with indigenous trees including oak, white pine, eastern hemlock, eastern red cedar, red maple, tupelo, and birch, found in the wooded swamp and upland forest. Nearby Pickman Meadow is an open field and wet meadow acquired in 2006.
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