Brook Hollow

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Map Legend

Judy Wiley Trail
Susan DeGozzaldi Memorial Trail
Loop Trail
Gas Line Easement
Brook Hollow
Hopkinton-Ashland Town Line
Wiley Woods
Parking for Brook Hollow and Wiley Woods
Trailheads
Beech Trees
Margot Foster Overlook
Vernal Pool

Directions

The trail is accessible from either end at Frankland Road or Cross Street, both ends of which have large signs. The one on Cross Street is a few feet south of Brook Hollow Lane, and the one at Frankland Road is ¼ mile east of Cross Street. It is best to park at the pullout across the street at the Wiley Woods sign, a couple hundred feet further east on Frankland Road, and walk back along the street to the trailhead.

Overview

This property contains the Susan DeGozzaldi Memorial Trail and the Margot Foster Overlook. The main half-mile through trail is very easy, except in very wet conditions where you might have to step on rocks in one spot to keep your feet dry. It has large beech trees providing a unique landmark that have unfortunately been defaced by kids. There is a large vernal pool near the Cross Street end.

Part of the trail is along a cleared strip of land, which is a buried gas pipeline easement, and then turns off, so look for signs to stay on the trail. This easement is where Eversource wants to bury a second pipeline along the existing one.

There are several benches and, rare on HALT trails, a number of interpretive signs describing local landmarks and vegetation. One of these signs is well off the trail due to recent trail realignment, so don’t be confused by it.

The north section of this property straddles the Ashland-Hopkinton town line. The eastern loop of the trail takes you through open forest, near the town line, and through fern-covered glades. In dry weather the trail is easy to walk, but if it has rained much recently, it may be very wet crossing the gas line easement on the southern end of this loop. A bridge across this section is planned.

After walking this trail you can visit the Judy Wiley Trail at Wiley Woods across the street.

This trail is accessible to horses.

Size: 13.6 acres

Longest Walk: ½ mile one way

Acquired: 2001

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History

The property was donated to the Trust by John and Susan deGozzaldi. The trail was originally developed by Dan Neubrander as an Eagle Scout public service project and was subsequently refurbished by Matthew Paolucci as another Eagle Scout project. Another scout is working toward his Eagle rank by building a new loop trail in the eastern end of this property.

Brook Hollow Map

Brook Hollow Map
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Activities

Easy Walking, Hiking/Walking, Horseback Riding, Vernal Pool, Woods Trail