WWII Veterans’ Memorial Nature Trail is located 1/4 mile from the Branch street entrance to the rails-to-trails bike path and 3/4 of a mile from Fruit Street. Best parking is at the Fruit Street entrance. Parking is limited and on the street at the Branch Street entrance.
NRT acquired 17 acres along the WWII Veterans’ Memorial Trail in 2013. NRT has since acquired additional acreage to the south.
This parcel has nearly a mile of existing trails in good condition. A portion of the trails goes along Back Bay Brook and borders a wetland area. The entrance with kiosk is about a third of the way down from Branch Street towards Fruit Street.
When dedicating the site, NRT president Lou Andrews said, “The property is in a great location. It will give the NRT a positive exposure to the many rails-to-trails users. Once you enter the property you think you were in Maine or New Hampshire. Over time we plan to provide educational signs along the trails about protecting our wetlands and woodland areas.”
NRT’s improvements included marking the trails and installing kiosks with a trail map at the parking area as well as the trail head.
Dedication May 24, 2014. NRT President Lou Andrews, Stewardship Director Colin Cauldwell, Board of Selectman Chairman George Dintino, and NRT VP Gerry Hauskamp cut the dedication ribbon officially opening the trails to the public. Below the crew is ready for their walk.
Colin Caudlwell and Tod Snyder finishing up the bridge