Beaver Brook Trail, Sharon – 5/21/16

We’d hiked the Beaver Brook Trail from the Sharon train station before, but had never made it all the way to the end. This time, we started at the end off of  Farnham Road, past the town’s compost/yard waste dump. The entrance to the end of the road/dump is gated, but when the site is open for yard waste, you can access the trail end. The DPW worker monitoring the dump did warn us that the gate would be locked at 4:00 pm – no problem.

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The trail is “an important link in the Bay Circuit Trail, a 200-mile “emerald necklace” walking corridor running from Ipswich to Duxbury,” according to Sharon Friends of Conservation.

The trail takes you up into the woods, behind the high walls built up of compost. Double-click any photos to enlarge.

Then you come to swampy/brooky areas.

Fiddleheads unfurling:

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Then we came to that old treehouse we had found when hiking in from the train station.

The woods have eyes:

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and lots of skunk cabbage

and the old fire pit atop the hill:

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The hike took under an hour round-trip, and we retrieved the car long before the gate would lock. We got home to a thoughtful phone message from the Sharon police who had called to make sure we knew to move the car before 4:00.

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