Pratt Preserve


Explore the trail

  • Blazes: Blue
  • Name: Waquaheag Trail
  • Duration: 1.3 mile loop if starting from bridge; 1.7 miles if starting from the upper parking area next to Cherry Brook Rd.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trailhead: 84 Cherry Brook Rd.

A lot of variety in a small woodland area! Cherry Brook, a new bridge, a rocky climb with some great little cliffs and then you actually pass between huge boulders as part of the trail.

Directions & parking

The trailhead is located at 84 Cherry Brook Road (Route 179). In Google maps, search for "Pratt Trailhead".

There are plans to put in a proper parking place next to Cherry Brook Road. At present, if you have a car with good road clearance, you can open the unlocked gate at 96 Cherry Brook Rd, and drive down to the parking area. Alternatively, there is yellow plastic rope and a "parking" sign marking a parking area near 84 Cherry Brook Rd.

History of the property

The 50-acre Pratt preserve consists of three parcels. In 2012, Winifred Pratt donated the 22-acre parcel known as Pratt Place to the land trust in memory of her husband Leon Pratt. In 2019, Alfred Reid donated a 2.3-acre parcel adjacent to Pratt Place. In 2021, Elizabeth Cotterman and Gerald Green donated a 26-acre parcel also adjacent to Pratt Place.

In 2022, CLCT began a project to add a bridge, a parking area, a trail, a pollinator pathway demonstration project, and educational signage.

The trail has been named after Waquaheag, the Native American name for an individual better known to locals as Cherry, for whom the Cherry Brook and Cherry Brook Road were named.

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