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Carlisle Trails Committee 

Carlisle, MA - USA


News and Photos



Next Trails Committee Meeting

Please visit Town of Carlisle website for the date, time, place and agenda.

2020 Trekker Awards 

The pandemic of 2020 has brought unprecedented levels of trail use. Many folks have taken advantage of the time to earn their Carlisle Trekker Award, bringing the total number of recipients to 56. Congratulations to the following who received the award in 2020: 


Lisa Ankers

Matthew DeKock

Otto Judicke

Nancy Kuziemski

Scott Simpson

Aileen Schwann

Jake Schwann

Alex Parra

Sarah Hart

David Hart

Manuel Crespo

Martina Rozumerkova

Nancy Hartle


Russell Street Trails 

A new trail loop is now in place at the Russell Conservation Land surrounding the Garrison Place conservation cluster development on Russell Street (shown as a proposed trail on page 47 of the “Trails in Carlisle” book). In November 2020, the Trails Committee constructed a staircase to provide easier access down the rocky slope from Russell Street. A short boardwalk is planned for construction in spring 2021 to replace the temporary log bridge crossing the stream.

*Please note that the driveway to Garrison Place is private, and there is no trail parking.

Tobin Bridge Rebuilt 

Over two weekends in September, socially distanced and masked volunteers completed the reconstruction of the 162-ft long boardwalk at Great Meadows (O’Rourke). This was the first boardwalk built by the Trails Committee, in 1998, (link to Mosquito article)

and was rapidly deteriorating. Soon after its construction, beavers had used the boardwalk as the basis for a dam, submerging the boardwalk and necessitating the addition of a second deck, which became known as the Tobin Bridge for its resemblance to the highway bridge in Charlestown (and Steve Tobin being the Trails Committee leader). The old boardwalk was completely removed with the exception of the concrete bumper foundations, and replaced with new construction, including an engraved bench. Materials funding was provided by the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Chain Saw Workshop

Saturday, November 2

The Carlisle Trails Committee is offering a chain saw workshop on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 10 am at the Town Hall parking lot. All are welcome. Demonstrations will be given by professional arborist (and former Trails Committee member) Bob Eaton covering safety, maintenance, and tree cutting methods. Both gas and electric chain saws will be covered; there’s no need to bring yours. The workshop is expected to finish before noon. In case of rain we will adjourn to a covered location. For more information, contact Steve Tobin at sptobin@comcast.net

Carlisle Community Trails Day Challenge

Saturday, May 18, 2019

(Rain Date Sunday, May 19)

The Carlisle Conservation Foundation and Carlisle Trails Committee challenge Carlisleans of all ages to collectively walk all the trails in Carlisle in a single day. Individuals, families, neighborhoods, school classes & community groups are invited to participate.
We’re encouraging everyone to experience our wonderful natural environment, build some community, and have fun!

To learn more about this event and how to sign up for a walk 

click here.


To learn more about this challenge, click here to visit the Carlisle Conservation Foundation website.


Trail Work Volunteers Needed May 5

The Carlisle Trails Committee is looking for volunteers to help clear the trails on Sunday May 5, in preparation for the Carlisle Trails Day (May 18). Wear long pants and sturdy shoes and bring work gloves, drinking water and insect repellent. Bring tools such as loppers and bow saws, or borrow tools supplied by the committee. Meet at the Carlisle Town Hall at 9:00 A.M. and be prepared to work for about three hours. Notify Steve Tobin if you are coming at sptobin@comcast.net, or if you have questions. This is a good opportunity for students needing community service or for people working on their Carlisle Trekker awards.

Vernal Pool Walk April 27

Bryan Windmiller, founder of the Headstart program for Blanding’s Turtles, will lead a vernal pool walk on the Conant Land on Saturday, April 27, starting at 10:00 A.M., hosted by the Carlisle Trails Committee and the Carlisle Conservation Foundation. Learn about some of the fascinating creatures, such as frogs, salamanders and aquatic bugs that make use of this habitat. Species identification on this walk will be part of the Boston Area City Nature Challenge, a fun competition with cities across the world, to document and identify the most species. The walk will last about two hours. Meet at the back of the parking lot behind Town Hall. The trip is free and all are welcome. Be prepared for wet conditions underfoot. If you have any questions, contact Steve Tobin by e-mail at sptobin@comcast.net.

Adopt a Trail

Would you like to help the Trails Committee in maintaining Carlisle's trails?

Consider adopting a trail!

Click here for trail maintenance guidelines.

Interested? Have questions?

Contact the Trails Committee at carlisletrails@comcast.net to learn more.

Moonlight Walk January 19

On Saturday, January 19, at 7 p.m., the Trails Committee will lead a public walk/cross-country ski/snowshoe under the nearly full moon starting at the Foss Farm parking lot on Bedford Road.  The walk is about 3 miles with a shorter option available.  Families are welcome.  Dress for the winter weather and bring a flashlight. Refreshments will be served afterwards, with a bonfire for toasting marshmallows. For more information, contact Steve Tobin at sptobin@comcast.net.

Post-Thanksgiving Walk November 23

The public is invited to join the Carlisle Trails Committee for a post-Thanksgiving walk. Here’s your chance to work off some of that turkey and stuffing while visiting some recent additions to the trail network. We’ll start from the Carlisle School and skirt the Spalding and Banta-Davis playing fields before crossing the new boardwalks on the Rodgers Road trail. A short road connection will bring us to Malcolm Meadows and the Davis Corridor trails, where we will complete a loop on the new Woodhaven Farm trail, before returning by a slightly different route. We will walk for about 4.5 miles, taking approximately 3 hours. A shorter option will be available if there is demand. The walk departs from the Carlisle School parking lot on Church Street at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 23. As always, there will be refreshments at the end.  Heavy rain cancels the trip. For more information, email Steve Tobin at sptobin@comcast.net

Volunteers Needed for Boardwalk Construction

Saturday October 13 and 20

Come help the Trails Committee build two boardwalks on the Rodgers Road Trail, Saturday October 13 and 20, starting at 9:00am each day. Meet on Rodgers Road off Stearns Street - follow the signs for boardwalk. We will be cutting the decking boards to length and transporting materials through the woods to the site. We will also be hauling in 250 lb. concrete bumpers from the trailhead on a bicycle. This is a good opportunity for high school and middle school community service. Bring work gloves, hammers, shovels. Lunch will be provided. Heavy rain postpones to Sunday. For more information, contact Steve Tobin at 978-369-1680 or sptobin@comcast.net.

Sunday June 24 - Double Sundae Sunday Saunter 

  On Sunday June 24 the Trails Committee will lead a marathon walking and ice-cream-eating extravaganza starting 11 a.m. at the Carlisle School parking lot and returning to the school at around 4 p.m.  Here is the schedule for those preferring to do only part of the seven-mile walk:  11 a.m.:  Meet at Carlisle School parking lot. Walk to Kimball’s, buy ice cream, and eat it at leisure at a picnic table or on the grass.  11:45 a.m.:  Walk 2.8 miles to Great Brook Farm Ice Cream via Cutter’s Ridge, Heartbreak Ridge, and Pine Point Loop trails, arriving around 1:30.  Buy ice cream and relax on the grassy hillside by the pond.  2 p.m.:  Leave Great Brook and walk 3.5 miles back to the Carlisle School parking lot via Fern Loop, Old Morse Road, and Conant Land trails.  4 p.m.:  Return to Carlisle School parking lot.  Spot a car or meet at Great Brook Farm to do only half the walk.  Sunscreen, drinking water, trail lunch, and bug spray are recommended.  For more information, contact Steve Tobin asptobin@comcast.net. 

Riverfest Walk, Foss Farm & Great Meadows

Saturday, June 16 

Join the Carlisle Trails Committee in a celebration of our local Wild and Scenic River as part of RiverFest 2018. The public is invited to a 3.5 mile walk through meadows and forests on trails paralleling the Concord River. We will start at the Foss Farm conservation land and pass through Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge and the O’Rourke farm on the way to scenic Greenough Pond in the Greenough conservation land.  If the water level is low enough we will return through the floodplain via the River Trail, or else retrace our steps. The walk starts at 1:00 pm on Saturday June 16 and should finish by 4:00. A shorter walk will also be offered if there is interest. Meet at the Foss Farm parking lot, 0.3 mi west of the Concord River bridge on Rte. 225. Waterproof shoes, sunscreen, drinking water and insect repellent are recommended.  Refreshments will be served at the end of the walk.  Please note that dogs are excluded from the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. For information, email Alan Ankers at carlisletrails@comcast.net.

Trail Work Volunteers Needed June 10

The Carlisle Trails Committee is looking for volunteers to help with trail work projects on Sunday, June 10. They will be repairing boardwalks, removing tree blowdowns, and clipping back vegetation. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes and bring work gloves, drinking water and insect repellent. Bring tools such as loppers and bow saws, or borrow tools supplied by the committee. Meet at the Carlisle Town Hall at 9 a.m. and be prepared to work for about three hours. Notify Steve Tobin if you are coming at sptobin@comcast.net, or if you have questions. This is a good opportunity for students needing community service or for people working on their Carlisle Trekker awards. 

Robert Goldsmith became the 40th recipient of the Carlisle Trekker Award on May 4!

Benches - Where Next?


Over the last couple of years, the Trails Committee has installed a number of wooden benches at strategic locations. If you have any suggestions for other bench locations, please let us know!


New Rangeway Boardwalks Completed

On Saturday October 24, the Trails Committee and a group of enthusiastic volunteers constructed 2 new boardwalks at the Rangeway Conservation Land (Chestnut Estates) off Rutland Road.


New Trails!

In the fall of 2015, two new trails were constructed as Eagle Scout projects.

James Sibley cleared a new trail to be called the Coyote Rock Trail creating a new loop off Hurricane Alley in the south west corner of the Town Forest.




Matt Roberts cleared a new trail and constructed a boardwalk on the Spencer Brook Reservation, leading to a scenic overlook of the marsh.


New Trail Markers

The Carlisle Trails Committee has begun installing numbered intersection markers on trails in Carlisle.  Each conservation parcel has its own letter (e.g., T for Towle Land and F for Town Forest) and each marker has a unique number.  The next version of the town’s trail maps will include the marker numbers.  Beautiful nature-themed art work on each marker has been created by students in the Middle School Art Club of the Carlisle Public School, under the direction of teacher Rachel Levy.  Each piece is signed by the artist.

Enjoy your walk in nature, and enjoy the art work!


Saturday May 30

Assisted by several volunteers, the Trails Committee built two new small trail boardwalks in Carlisle’s Davis Corridor conservation land. The first is a bridge, 6 feet wide and 22 feet long, crossing the bed of a seasonal stream; the second is a simpler pair of wood boards on the ground, running alongside a section of trail that can be difficult to negotiate in wet conditions.




After a long day’s work, bridge-building volunteers Leon Grinis, David Jiang and Oliver Spivey pose on the new boardwalk they helped to build. 


Elliott Preserve Opens

May 30, 2013 – The Elliott Concord River Preserve was formally purchased by the Sudbury Valley Trustees. This protected land has over 1,000 feet of frontage on the Concord River and a trail system readily accessible from Skelton Road.

For more information on the property:


Download a map of the property:











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