Pratt Preserve Trails


Explore the trail

  • Blazes: Blue
  • Name: Waquaheag (wok'-wah-hey) 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.

Dog Policy

  • Dogs on or off leash must be under control and close to the trails at all times.

Please be considerate to other hikers and trail neighbors - clean up after your dog and take litter with you.

Directions & parking

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

Park in the parking area near 84 Cherry Brook Drive. There is a yellow plastic rope and a parking sign marking the parking area. The gate at the entrance of Pratt Preserve is locked, so you can only enter the preserve on foot.

There are plans to put in a proper parking place next to Cherry Brook Road. Following is a link to a story map which summarizes these plans. This project is in progress, partially supported by a Canton Community Fund grant.

Pratt Project

The next link documents the progress of this initiative:

Pratt Project Progress

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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