Linkel Woods

 
Trail Mileage: .5 miles – can connect to Town Forest Trail and onto Keyes Farm Property
Difficulty Level: Easy to moderate some hilly sections.
Natural Features: Oak, hickory and maple forests with scattered large white pines. Stream and small wetlands with ferns.

Wildlife: Small mammals, deer, weasels, fox, woodpeckers and songbirds.

Nestled next to Scotch Pine Farm off Elm Street, the Linkel Property is a beautiful woodland of maples, oaks, shagbark hickories, and white pines. A stream runs along the edge of the property and small wetlands full of cinnamon and sensitive ferns are scattered through the forest. A stone
bridge crosses the stream and is a perfect spot to enjoy the brook and quiet woods. This is a lovely hike in the fall.
Land Protection History: John and Angela Linkel, former owners of Scotch Pine Farm, donated the land to Nashoba Conservation Trust in 1998. The Linkels were motivated to donate their land because NCT owned 7 acres of forestland abutting their property. They wanted to
ensure that the forest and wetlands on their property were conserved, so they donated 8 acres of land to create the 15 acre preserve. NCT agreed to accept the donation, and it doubled our conservation land in the area, making it more attractive for hiking, bird watching and other outdoorrecreation on the land.
Trail Description: The trail is an easy hike through a hardwood forest of maples, oaks, and white pines. It begins near a small brook off Elm Street and heads northwest through the forest towards the brook. Cross over a lovely stone bridge and follow the red TOP signs on trees
along the trail. Continue along edge of Scotch Pine Farm and into a small wetland of cinnamon ferns. The trail passes a stone wall and continues to an intersection with a trail looping back towards Shirley Street access. At this juncture, you can follow the trail to Shirley Street or return.
Directions: From Pepperell Town Hall take Elm Street. Follow Elm Street for 1.2 miles until you see the sign for Scotch Pine Farm. Parking is along Elm St. Access to the Town Forest trail is across the street.
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