Great Brook Farm State Park

165 North Road
Carlisle, MA 01741
978 369-6312

great.brook@state.ma.us

Mailing Address
984 Lowell St., Carlisle MA 01741
Daily Parking Fee:  $2/vehicle

Great Brook Farm State Park stands as a jewel in northern Massachusetts!  Agriculture has been part of Great Brook's history for centuries.  Holsteins have been kept here for over 60 years and current farmer Mark Duffy continues the tradition with his black & white ladies.  Native Americans had previously used the area for sacred sites.  Seventeenth century cellar holes comprise "the city" where early English colonial settlers worked one of numerous mill sites.

The park is home to the first robotic milking system in Massachusetts, installed in a state-of-the-art “smart” barn designed specifically for this technology.  2015"smart" barn tours for the public are occurring on weekends and holidays meeting outside the Ice Cream Stand, weather permitting.  Groups that want to book tours during the week need to call in advance.  Parking for buses is $20 per day per bus.  Please contact the park office at 978-369-6312, for additional information or to reserve your group’s visit.

The ice cream stand is now open daily for the season, weather -permitting.  For prices or questions regarding ice cream or compost, please call (978)-371-7083 to reach the farm staff. 

The park consists of approximately 1000 acres and has over 20 miles of trails available for walkers, hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders.  Dogs are allowed in the park.  All dogs need to be on leash in high use areas such as the parking lots, the pavilion and the ice cream stand.  Dogs are permitted to be off leash on the trails only if they are in voice command, and if you are in possession of a leash that does not exceed 10ft in length.

Trail Map

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About the Park

The farm and buildings at Great Brook Farm comprise a classic eastern Massachusetts agricultural landscape. The arrangement of open fields, sturdy walls, diversified woodlands and historic structures are significant images of our agricultural past. An active dairy farm operates year-round and free guided barn tours are available to the public on weekends and holidays. 

Amidst the beautiful scenery lie 20 miles of trails for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. Notable Native American sites can be seen from these paths. During the winter months, trail-grooming allows skiing enthusiasts to take part in cross-country skiing. One of the farm buildings has been converted to a ski rental concession.


Park Directions

Great Brook Farm State Park is located in north-eastern Massachusetts.

From Rt. 128: Take exit 31B. Follow Route 225 West for 8 miles to the Carlisle center rotary, then turn right on Lowell St. (following the sign to Chelmsford.) Fern's Market is on the corner. The Park entrance is 2 miles ahead on the right. The Park Office (984 Lowell St) is just beyond the entrance also on the right. Make right hand turn onto North Road. Parking area is 1/2 mile down on left.

From the West (Route 2): Follow to Rt. 495 North. Use directions below.

From the North: Take 495 South to Exit 34. Follow Route 110 West for .6 miles to Chelmsford Center, continue through light onto Route 4 South for 1 mile, then take right fork onto Concord Road towards Carlisle. The Park office is 2 miles ahead on the left. The Park is just beyond the office , go left on North Rd, parking lot is 1/2 mile down on the left.

From the South: Take Rt. 495 North to exit 32 (Westford & To Route 225). At the bottom of the ramp go right. At the lights go straight through. At the T intersection go left (onto Rt. 225). Follow Rt. 225 till you reach the center of Carlisle (small rotary with monument in the middle). Go 3/4 of the way around the the rotary onto Lowell Street towards Chelmsford. The Entrance to the park is two miles down the road on the right. The Park Office (984 Lowell St) is just beyond the entrance also on the right.

Recreational Opportunities


Educational & Interpretive Opportunities


Parking Fees

Parking fees are now in effect at Great Brook Farm.

  • Car - $2
  • Annual Pass - $60 (Massachusetts Residents) / $85 (Out of State)
  • Lifetime Senior MassParks Pass - $10
  • Note: Parking fees are waived for vehicles bearing a HP plate, placard or disabled veteran’s license plate. This waiver does not apply to camping fees and is subject to available parking. The Massachusetts Senior Pass is a benefit offered to state residents who are 62 years in age or older. The pass allows free parking for the vehicle occupied by the pass holder, whether they are driving or a passenger.