Peloquin Woods

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Map Legend

Marjorie Peloquin Memorial Trail
Peloquin Woods
Cobblers Way Entrance

Directions

Enter the woods by the stop sign at the corner of Front Street and Cobblers Way. There is a small property entrance sign just inside the woods.

Overview

This property surrounds the Cobblers Way development. While only 16 acres, it borders 70 acres of former Weston Nurseries, now Legacy Farms South, providing access to the large Legacy Farms trail network. The property feels much larger than it is because ¾ of the outer perimeter is adjacent to open space with no visible development.

The Marjorie Peloquin Memorial Trail starts at the Cobblers Way corner. While there is no large sign naming the trail, it is well-marked with tree tags. Immediately after entering the woods, the trail turns right and goes along the top of an old stone cellar with multiple chambers. It does not look like a building foundation: what do you think this cellar was used for? One theory is that it might have been a shelter (presumably with a roof) for sheep and goats, to protect them from predators overnight. Watch out for poison ivy in this area.

The next part of the trail passes through open woods, across a man-made ditch that is often wet, and through a stand of very tall pine trees. It then connects to a long-used and well-worn cross trail coming from Wyman Lane. Please respect private property near this area.

It continues through uplands in open forest and eventually leads you off the property through a stone wall to trails at Legacy Farms.

Before you leave, check out the interesting stone walls and foundations on the opposite corner of Cobblers Way. This small parcel of land is also HALT property. If you have any idea what this was once used for, let us know.

Size: 16.2 acres

Acquired: 2018

History

This property, originally called Peloquin Estates, was held by the Peloquin family since at least the early 20th century. When Marjorie Peloquin passed away, the executor of her estate sold it to a developer who built Cobblers Way and deeded more than half of the remaining land to HALT.

Activities

Biking, Bushwhacking, Cross Country Skiing, Easy Walking, Hiking/Walking, Vernal Pool