Places We Protect

Coles Brook Preserve


A remarkable forest in the heart of western Massachusetts.


1141 acres, Washington
Reservoir and Becket Rd, Washington, Massachusetts

Why You Should Visit
The preserve protects a variety of habitats in a relatively intact forested landscape including forest, ponds, portions of Coles Brook and shrub wetlands. It abuts additional protected areas including the 3,400 acre Middlefield State Forest.

Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
The Coles Brook watershed in the Westfield River watershed of the Connecticut River provides unique conservation opportunities based on the combination of intact forests and high-quality rivers and streams. This area offers one of the last and best opportunities for large-scale forest and aquatic system conservation in southern New England. The Nature Conservancy’s goal is to conserve the integrity of these forests and rivers both to protect the Connecticut River watershed as well as provide connectivity to other forested habitats in the Appalachians.

What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing
From 2005 to present the Conservancy has protected six tracts of land.

All reasonable requests for special accommodations will be made with ample notice.
If you have any questions while planning your outing, please contact our Western Massachusetts office at 413-229-0232.

The Preserve has a variety of habitats from rocky hemlock-dominated forest to shrubby wetlands, to a coldwater stream and a shallow lakes. This preserves boasts a variety of wildlife, including Moose, bear, and bobcat. There is network of unmaintained woods roads that are great for walking, snowshoeing or cross country skiing.


  • Preserve open daily from dawn to dusk
  • Foot traffic only
  • Groups larger than 10 people are asked to coordinate their visit with our Western Massachusetts Program at (413) 229-0232.
  • No collecting of plants or animals
  • Carry out all litter
  • No fires, smoking or camping

For more information about our rules, please see our complete list of preserve use policies.