Millbrook

Getting There

About

Land Bank and Massachusetts Audubon Society

Meadows and Shady Forest

Some dogs

Lots of shade

35-60 minute walk

​Double Dip Option: Pair it with Gardner Farm . To do this, be sure to take the 

Leash Alert: During some years in the summer months, Hummock Pond had some algae issues that can be hazardous to dogs. Be cautious of letting your dog drink from the pond if you see a tell-tale blue-green line at the water’s edge.
 

  


 

  
The starting point to this walk is off of Millbrook Road, which is a road that runs between Madaket Road and Hummock Pond Road. Take Madaket Road heading out of town. Look for Millbrook Road on your left about a half a mile or so after you have passed Crooked Lane on your right. There is a large boulder with the street name on it. Drive down Millbrook, which will be paved at this point. When you come to mailbox number 78, take a left. Follow this dirt road until you come to a Land Bank parking lot on your right. Park here.
 
Though somewhat off the main drag, this walk is pretty popular. There are joggers, some bikers, and at least one or two other dogs on this trail nine times out of ten. It’s a commodious walk—its many trees offer shade on hot afternoons and a wind break on our “breezy” island days. It also offers access to Hummock Pond, so your dogs can take a dip.

From the parking lot, follow the very well-traveled path through woods and meadows. It is essentially a lollipop trail (with a straight path with a loop on the top), so at the first fork off the stick, you can go either right or left. There are now handy signs with arrows to help you navigate. If you choose left, then continually take rights the rest of the way to be sure you loop back around. (Some of the other paths will lead you into people’s yards.) If you bear right at the first fork, you will start gradually looping left. Continue to take lefts if you want to eventually head back to the trail that leads to the parking lot. 

If you want a longer walk than this simple loop, there is a small path that connects Millbrook to the Gardner Farm walk. Mid-loop you will come upon a strange but helpful marker: a blue metal box (now fallen down). What is it? Is it a mailbox? A bank? A bat house? Nobody seems to know. Regardless of what it actually is, when you come to this blue mystery box, instead of continuing with the loop, take the off-shoot path. (If you are at this point facing the front of said blue box, take a right. If you are facing the back, take a left.) Follow this path until you come to a dirt road. Cross over it onto a small grass path through a little wood and you will be on the Gardner Farm walk. 

One thing to be wary of on the Millbrook part of this walk is low-hanging Hawthorne branches. The thorns on these trees are about an inch or two long and very sharp. In some places, they are very close to the path and inconveniently at eye-level!