|Address:||165 N Rd, Carlisle, MA 01741, USA|
Whether your touring the farm and smart-barn, ripping through Tophet Swamp on your mountain bike, hiking the lovely trails, falling off your mountain bike on Stone Row, or just eating some ice cream and enjoying the farm animals, Great Brook Farm has something for everyone! At only $3 for parking, GBFM is among the cheapest parks in the state to spend a day at. Dogs and equestrians welcome. The parking machines can be a little confusing, so make sure you get a proper pass (30-minute free ice cream passes available too!), and dont forget to say hi to the ranger.
I came with my 4-yo grandson and we both loved it. We took a short hike on the wooded trails. We were both really fascinated by the guided tour of the barn and farm operations. Modern dairy farming is nothing like the dairy farm I remember from my childhood. And we both loved getting up close and personal with the calves and heifers. ( Ive never before been on a tour where I was encouraged to stick my fingers in a cows mouth! It was a new experience for me.) And I cant forget to mention that the ice cream was out-of-this-world delicious.
Beautiful hikes & biking trails along a farm. There is also an ice cream stand with benches over looking a small pond and the farm. The machine that you pay to park was a little confusing. I ended up paying twice by accident. I saw someone as I pulled up that seemed to have trouble with it also. I didnt realize the ticket falls out of the bottom slot. So if you think you paid look below at the slot for a ticket. Its $2 a ticket to park. The trails were very clean and scenic.
Great place for a walk or hike. Actually great place for almost anything. Some of the trails are equine friendly and most you can bike on. They also have a building where you can buy ice cream. The ice cream is actually made from the dairy produced by the cows on the farm. The whole facility is run by the state and as a state facility it is very well run. Oh also for those that have little ones they have a small type petting zoo area.
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I wish I was there right now! Best place to enjoy the outdoors in the area. Large hilly grassy areas, dirt paths through wooded areas, great ice cream (cash only?) and a animal farm for the kids and the kids at heart. There is a pond there, and just like anywhere else nearby, best time to go is when it is breezy/ windy and sunny, so the flying bugs arent so bad. Easy, cheap parking. Best outdoor deal for anyone around.
You used to be able to see the cows getting milked in the ice cream place but theyve closed that part off. You can still see goats pigs cows and chickens outside. Fun place to bring the kids for a short time, there is also hiking trails and you need to pay for parking. Dont bother paying for parking if youre just getting ice cream.
How many state parks have ice cream? Well this one does, and the milk is from the cows that live there! Plenty of good hiking trails and its well signed. Its a nice mix of farm, woods, and meadows. Great place to bike through as well. Oh and they have a small petting zoo with sheep, goats, cows, chickens, and more.
My favorite place to get away from it all. Whether it be a quiet picnic, frisbee by the pond, horseback riding, mountain bike trail riding, hiking, pohotography or cross country skiing...it can all be done here. And after you can get icecream and feed the animals up at the barn! Highly recommend. Small parking fee
We came during February in winter and enjoyed the cross country skying trails at this park. The place is fantastic with excellent trails and nicely varied terrain. They have all the rental skis and equipment on site. Highly recommended if your looking for a couple of hours of outdoor fun in mid winter!
This is a great park to walk around and good for kids too. The trails are easy to walk around, there is some nice ponds and water mixed in with the woods, it is good for some nature spotting. The dairy farm by the parking lot has ice cream which is great to take the kids after the hike.
Quiet, peaceful place for being outdoors. I like to bring my dog for hikes and the kids can see the farm animals and go fishing or catch frogs in the pond. Ice cream is delicious, plenty of places to have a picnic, restrooms are always clean and the barn tour is interesting.
Great expanse of land thats so close to the city theres literally no excuse not to go. Paths are clearly marked to and from the visitors center and its not too difficult to get around the farm. The ice cream at the end was worth the few hours hike throughout the area.
We always have a great time when we come here! Our usual routine is a hike followed by ice cream! The trails are always well marked and clean. We spoke to the park ranger who said the trail markers have been newly marked. You can tell! Ive cream is always great too!
A great place to do some trail running, dog walking, horse riding, and mountain biking. The seasonal ice cream stand is delicious and the animals are fun to watch. That poor rabbit in the hutch, tho, must have such a low quality of life. Poor bunny :(
We love this place, and been here regularly. there is a farm with rabbits, caws, goat and chicken. Kids love to feed them. And you can get some icecream as well. If you want to have a small walk, outdoor picnic, this is the place for you as well.
This was our first time going on the farm tour. I have a special needs son, so tours are always something that Im cautious about. The tour was great, quick, lots to see. Ice cream is great. Kids played at the pond forever. Did two geocashes.
Adriana Caro Vargas
Took the kids out to feed the animals and ended up doing the free cow milking tour, which was extremely interesting, even for someone like me who has normally no interest whatsoever in things like that. Ice cream was delicious!!!
Its $3 a day to park. They have plenty of parking and miles off easy hiking trailers for kids and dogs. Theres a mini section of farm animals for kids and a great selection of ice cream at the store.
This park has awesome ice cream, nice trails, cute animal farm, and decent bathrooms. The only drawback is that the farm animals smell really bad near the ice cream place. Overall I would go again
Huge state park with lots of variety. Fields, trails, ponds, biking, hiking, walking, horseback riding. There is a petting farm onsite as well as ice cream. Nice rest rooms. Pay for parking.
Good place if you want to show your kids the farm animals like sheep, goat, llamas, hens, pigs. They do have a ice cream shop as well and if you are into hiking they do have walking trails too.
Well-marked and easy to hike trails surround this working dairy farm. Great place for dog walking or an afternoon ice cream. There are even some old ruins hidden in the woods!
Just a great place to spend the afternoon. The trails are great and varied. I loved the tour of the farm and seeing how they are keeping agriculture alive. Plus... Ice cream.