Swan Preserve Trails

ACREAGE: 90

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Swan Trails

  • Blazes: Yellow, blue and red
  • Duration: About 1.5 miles total, loop
  • Difficulty: Moderate (blue and yellow) to easy (red)
  • Trailhead: Between 19 and 33 Case St.
  • Features: Enjoy a leisurely walk on three interconnected trails, which lead across and along a babbling brook and into lovely uplands. The yellow trail forms the main loop, with the optional blue and red trails off of it. Take caution as several spots can be wet in the spring; some have bog bridges. For a longer hike, add on the Ted Cowles Trail (below).

Ted Cowles Trail

  • Blazes: White
  • Duration: 1 mile, extended off of Swan Trails
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trailhead: Off the blue- or yellow-blazed Swan Trails
  • Features: Extend your Swan Trails hike with this rolling woodland trail.

Directions & parking

From Route 179 (Cherry Brook Road), turn onto Case Street. Follow it about one-tenth mile, and park on the unpaved parking area on the right – look for the Canton Land Conservation Trust (CLCT) sign. In Google Maps, search for Swan Preserve trailhead.

All hikers begin on the yellow-blazed Swan Trail, which is adjacent to the parking area, to the other trails.

History of the property

In 2000, the Swan family generously donated an 85.4-acre parcel that would become the Swan Preserve, including the yellow, blue and red trails. In 2020, we added a new trail (white blazes) in memory of beloved CLCT board member Ted Cowles. Among his many contributions to our land trust, Cowles constructed the hiking bridge on this property.

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