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The Sherborn Forest & Trail Association founded in March, 1967, is a family-oriented volunteer organization whose objective is to promote enjoyment and appreciation of the considerable natural open spaces and diverse wildlife in the town of Sherborn and surrounding areas.  The Association sponsors a variety of outdoor recreational events such as guided walks through public lands, hiking, canoe excursions and a hunter pace.  Members are equestrians, hikers, cross-country skiers, birdwatchers, canoers, cyclists and nature enthusiasts.
The Association, which maintains trails and also raises and donates funds to assist in the purchase and maintenance of open spaces, has an ongoing commitment to protecting access to trails and preserving trail connections.

Highlighted Activities

Sherborn Walks - Second Edition

Sherborn Walks 2nd Edition is a much-anticipated book of 25 publicly accessible walks within town, highlighting the town's extensive off-road trails network and natural sights. All book sales profits go to the SFTA to enhance the town's public trails.

Trail Signs

We are working to develop a consistent sign program across town to help people know what's public, what's private, and how to get where you'd like to go. 


You can see the pilot of this in the Bailey reservation where signs have been installed when you're heading off public land, and at strategic locations to help you along.

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Upcoming Events

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2023 Sherborn Forest & Trail Association Walks

  • Bailey Trail and Further West, Saturday, May 20, 2023 @ 9:00 am for 2 hours.  Meet at the Bailey Trail shoulder parking on Old Orchard Road close to Route 16.








We’ll take one of the fine connecting walks from the Bailey Trail Pond west through forest and fields to Pleasant Street and across Western Avenue through the woods to the power lines.  We’ll continue through the Hildreth Schoolhouse to the trail leading to the Upper Charles Rail Trail. We’ll return to the Fessenden Fields parking area - where we’ll get rides back to Old Orchard Road.  Art Schnure, one of the three authors of the Sherborn Walks book, will lead the walk.


  • Rocky Narrows, Saturday, June 10, 2022 @ 9:00 am for 2-1/4 hours max.  Meet at the Farm Pond Parking Lot on Lake St.  We’ll walk from the south end of the Farm Pond Parking lot to Rocky Narrows and return to the Farm Pond parking lot. 

Rocky Narrows is a premier and dramatic hike in Sherborn.  Have you seen the many splendors like the Narrows, King Philip’s Overlook (shown above), eskers, the Hemlock Grove, and the canoe launch?  Rob Wolff will lead you to these destinations.  Note: there is one section of the trail in the Hemlock Grove with a steep drop-off, so children are fine if they’re over 8 or so.

Past Events

Forest & Trail Winter Party


Featured Speaker:  Art Schnure

In his talk, “Green Wonders,” Art will share Sherborn trail stories and slides that feature well-loved, or little visited, local locations.   Art has led walks in and around Sherborn for many years.  He authored the first Sherborn Walks, in 1992, and with two others, co-authored the Sherborn Walks 2nd edition in 2019.

Art furthered his passion for Sherborn’s forests and open spaces with many years’ service on the Conservation Commission, the Planning Board, and other Town committees.

Forest & Trail Winter Party



Friday, February 3rd at 6:30PM

Hearty Hors d’Oeuvres     Beer & Wine Cash Bar     Live Music


ADMISSION AT THE DOOR (space permitting):  $50

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Contact Us

P.O. Box 477, Sherborn, MA

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I should be glad if all the meadows on the earth were left in a wild state, if that were the consequence of men’s beginning to redeem themselves.

Henry David Thoreau

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