Why You Should Visit
Reed Brook Preserve is nestled in a picturesque hemlock ravine with the brook running down from the west to the northeast to the Deerfield River. Spectacular views of the Deerfield River Valley can be won by climbing the summit trail to the eastern overlook.
Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
The Nature Conservancy purchased the Reed Brook Preserve in 1982 through the generosity of Winifred Irwin Clapp and her family to protect one of the most unusual bedrock geologic features in Massachusetts: a serpentine outcrop. Serpentine is a grayish-green to dark-greenish-gray rock that has high levels of magnesium and heavy metals like chromium. This outcrop forms a cliff-face running east to west for several hundred yards. It harbors a specialized natural community that has adapted to the extremely nutrient-poor harsh soil conditions. This natural community type is globally rare and an ecoregional conservation priority.
What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing
We have reconstructed a walking trail to replace one that was destroyed during a severe windstorm several years ago. We continue to monitor the rare species here and are recommending that Reed Brook be added to the Lower New England/Northern Piedmont Ecorgegional Portfolio because of its serpentine community.
Trail is open
What to See: Plants
The hardy plants that grow in open areas here include many unusual species, such as mouse-ear chickweed and maidenhair spleenwort.
What to See: Animals
Black Bear are frequently encountered on the preserve. A porcupine also has made its den here.
All reasonable requests for special accommodations will be made with ample notice.
Access to the preserve is provided from
The preserve may also be accessed by taking