Mighton Woods

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Map Legend

Karl B. Mighton Trail
Mighton Woods
North Mill Street Parking and Trailhead
East Street Trailhead
Bridges across streams

Directions

Access from one of the two trailheads, both of which have large signs. The trailhead opposite 64 North Mill Street has a pullout for parking. The other trailhead is between 2 and 4 East Street, where you will have to park along the road.

Overview

The Karl Mighton Trail is one of the best walks in southeast Hopkinton, winding over gently rolling hills, through pine forests, stands of oak, and fern glades. It feels remote: once in from the trailheads, you will not see a house and probably not another person, and distance from major roads means it is quiet and serene.

The trail is in very good condition. It consists of a ½-mile loop in the center connected by ½ mile of spurs to the two trailheads. It crosses a couple of intermittent streams on foot bridges. You can make a through trip in either direction between East Street and North Mill Street, or walk the central loop from either end and return to the starting point.

Immediately after the North Mill Street trailhead, on the left, notice a huge boulder sitting inside of what is apparently an old stone foundation. Did they build the foundation around the boulder? If not, how did the boulder get there?

Size: 52 acres

Longest Walk: 1.5 miles round trip from either trailhead

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History

This property is, perhaps, one of the last Hallmark/Ron Roux developments in Hopkinton. Ron donated the property to the Trust as part of his development efforts.

This trail is named after Karl Mighton, a well-loved supporter of the Hopkinton Area Land Trust, who passed away in 2005. It was the Eagle Scout Public Service Project of Jon Taros who, along with other scouts from Boy Scout Troop 1, planned and produced the trail and a wooden bridge that crosses a stream in the property. It was officially opened on October 22 of that year.

Activities

Cross Country Skiing, Easy Walking, Hiking/Walking, Woods Trail

Geocaches on this property



Karl Mighton Trail: GC34X6Q

Additional Information

Did you ever wonder where are the mills that North Mill and South Mill streets are named after? This property, once called Old North Mill, is near the site of one of them. The Hopkinton Historical Commission erected a plaque on North Mill Street describing it. Find the plaque at the roadside a couple hundred feet north of the intersection with East Street, by the bridge over Cold Spring Brook, where there is room to park a car.

A plaque describing the mill on South Mill Street is also at the Cold Spring Brook crossing, on the causeway by Bloods Pond. For more information, see the Braim Farm page.