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Birding at the Brooks Estate
The Brooks Estate attracts both the novice and expert birder throughout the year.
Local Girl Scouts camped at a cabin built by Mrs. Brooks in 1926.
The Brooks Estate is located on Grove Street in Medford, MA, about 5 miles North of Boston, 0.8 mile north of High Street (Route 60). Detailed map.
Trails are open from dawn to dusk. The Manor and Carriage house are open during monthly Open Houses (see below).
Manor and Carriage House
The Shepherd Brooks Manor and Carriage House are under restoration, and are occupied by caretakers. Please do not disturb residents. Open Houses are held periodically. See our events page for dates and times.
Private tours for groups or organizations can be arranged.
Trails are open from dawn to dusk for walking, jogging, birding and nature study. Contact us for a trail map.
Individual visitors are welcome to walk their dog(s) at the Brooks Estate, but commercial dog walking (> 3 dogs) is not allowed. All dogs must be kept on a leash, per City of Medford Ordinance 6-38. In addition, please pick up after your dog (per City of Medford Ordinance 62-95). This will help keep Brooks Pond and the trails clean. Thank you!
Fishing in Brooks Pond
Brooks Pond may be fished (catch and release only, please) from several points on shore and the end of the Boardwalk. Species include small-mouth bass, croppies and perch.
The Pond and the wetlands environment is fragile. Please tread lightly. No boats are allowed. please do not litter. Do not leave fishing tackle in trees or on the ground. If you find fishing line or tackle, please pick it up.
Access by car is limited. The access road is reachable only through the adjacent Oak Grove Cemetery. The Cemetery has two entrances: Grove Street, (open M-F, ca. 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.), and Playstead Road, open daily. Do not park in the Oak Grove Cemetery -- parking is strictly enforced on Cemetery property. See our detailed map.
At the Brooks Estate, there is a small lot adjacent to the access road across from the Pond boardwalk. Alternatively, park off Grove Street and walk in at the pedestrian green gate on Grove Street. Handicapped parking is available at the access road lot and up near the Manor.
Do not park in the Oak Grove Cemetery -- parking is strictly enforced on Cemetery property.