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

Date and Time

Sunday, May 6, 2018, 12:00PM - 4:00PM


Robbins Hill Community Playground, 61 Canterbury Hill Road, Acton, MA,
Massachusetts, Boston Area,


Registration is required for this activity.


We will meet at noon and hike about 5 miles with some gentle ups and downs and interesting historic sites along the trail. We will hike on a section of the Bay Circuit Trail (BCT) overlying Trail Through Time (TTT) at Nashoba Brook and adjacent trails in North Acton Conservation Area. We will also cross a Bruce Freeman Rail Trail (BFT) section which opens this spring. We will park at Robbins Mill Community Playground and continue to Robbins Mill Conservation Land, and then to "Wheeler Farm" foundation site and follow Nashoba Brook Trail and Brook downstream/ southward by Native American "Stone Chamber" and the historic "Pencil Factory" site and return northward via "Pest House" foundation site to Robbins Mill Conservation Land and then back to the Robbins Mill Community Playground. Side trip possible to Spring Hill Conservation Land, depending on the group's capability and interest. "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!" This hike is part of the AMC Family Beginner Hiking Program (BHP). We encourage you to sign up for BHP if you have not already, however, you aren't required to be part of the program to go on this hike. To find out more about BHP, please cut and paste this link into your browser: To register for this hike please click on the "Register Here" button above or copy and paste this link into your browser: Questions contact: Don MacIver,, ?(978) 952-2706?.

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Past participants say...

"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 English settlement. Quite a few, however, are remains of simple structures left by Native Americans who may have worked this ceremonial landscape."

Related Link(s):

Register Here
Acton Land Stewards' Trail Through Time (TTT)
Trail Through Time (TTT) Webpage
Friends of Bruce Freeman Rail Trail
BCT Map 6 - Section for Carlisle, Bedford, Acton, Concord (12/2017
Trail Description for BCT Map 6 Section (7/2017

Driving Directions

From Main St (aka MA Route 27) in North Acton, opposite Robbins Brook Senior Living Residence, turn onto Carlisle Road and proceed for 0.8 miles, turn right onto Canterbury Hill Road, staying to the right, continue 0.6 miles until arrival at the destination - Robbins Hill Community Playground parking lot. Meet at trail head kiosk at the wood's edge on the far side of the playground.

Trail Through Time/ Bay Circuit Trail Section


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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.


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.