Hiking at the Bradley Sanctuary

Bradley Sanctuary, Williamsburg, MA

Cascade off the Bradley Hiking Trail, Williamsburg, MA Bradley Sanctuary is a 41-acre parcel of land with approximately 2 miles of trails and paths located on Old Goshen Road in Williamsburg, Massachusetts. It was donated to The Hilltown Land Trust by Oliver Bradley Jr. and Barbara Rust on November 1st, 1989.

There is a small pullout with room for 2-3 cars near the trailhead on Old Goshen Road. The trails form several loops, allowing visitors to do short walks or longer hikes. The east side of the property is bounded by Nichols Brook (which is not located where the latest USGS map revision has quite mistakenly placed it). The hilltop pine grove features a towering stand of white pine and winter views of neighboring hillsides.

Previous owners of this property hand-built many of the rails and retaining walls along the stream. Since then, volunteers and the Hilltown Land Trust have maintained the land and trails.


Take Old Goshen Road north off Route 9, 1.1 mi. west of Williamsburg village. 0.4 mi. from Route 9, bear left at the “Y” intersection with Hemenway Road, continuing on Old Goshen Road. 1.5 mi. from Route 9, look for the small parking pullout on the right, just after the road curves sharply to the right. The trailhead is about 100 feet beyond the parking. Note that there are no rest rooms or other facilities at this location.

Trail Map by Eric Weber (pdf)