Rock House Reservation, West Brookfield

The Rock House Reservation is a 196acre open space preserve located in West Brookfield, Massachusetts. The property, acquired in 1993 by the land conservation non-profit organization The Trustees of Reservations, is named for a natural rock shelter once used as a winter camp by Native Americans.Its location near two, long Native American footpaths suggests that it may also have been a trail camp and meeting place.
The Rock House Reservation is located off Massachusetts Route 9 and offers 3mi of hiking trails, an interpretive center, a butterfly garden, and scenic vistas. Boulder strewn Carter Pond occupies the center of the property. The reservation is open to hiking, picnicking, and cross country skiing. Horseback riding and mountain biking are allowed on certain parts of the property.
During the last ice age when the southern movement of the Wisconsin Glacier transformed the landscape producing unique rock formations and outcroppings. Today two glacially formed outcroppings are still present on the property. These formations are known as Balance Rock and the Rock House Shelter. After the ice age, archaeologists believe Native Americans used the Rock House Shelter as a winter camp, trail camp and/or meeting place.
In the mid 17th century, the forests of West Brookfield were cleared by colonists for farming. In 1866, pastures around the Rock House were added to a 281-acre farm on Ragged Hill Road owned by William Adams whose family would tend the land for more than 125 years. During the first two decades of the 20th Century, Rock House was a popular stop on the "Copper Line", an electric trolley that ran between West Brookfield and Ware.
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  • Native American outpost.Did some Metal detecting but found only Penney 1968' maybe next time. i go here overtime we go to Brimfield show  more »
  • I believe Rock House Reservation is among my favorite places for a short hike. It's great for couples, families or those who hike solo. The is a significant grade leading up to the Rock House...  more »
  • Lovely hiking spot with easy trails and beautiful rocks and pond. Easy and fairly short walks along the trails. I would recommend downloading the trail map first tough, since the trails are color marked, but only a couple posts show the full map.
  • The sights were beautiful and there were a few different trail options. You can make this a short walk or a longer hike depending on your schedule for the day. The trails connect at good spots, giving you choices for your day's adventure.

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