The hiking trails at Crowell Conservation
Area provide a few options to length of a
hike, but in general it is a quick easy affair.
This conservation area is mostly made up
of a former cranberry bog and the service
roads one usually finds around any
Behind the main bog area you will find a couple of ponds.
small pond next to the auxiliary parking area
This parking is at a small area to the side of the bog along Congress St.
The new update to the area:
The sign was cleaned up and moved to the Lincoln St parking area. It is considered the more user friendly parking choice as it is safer than busy Congress St.
I couldn't agree more! Right off the highway and easier to get in and out of.
Another access point to the hiking trails here is on Lincoln St.
Heading south just after the round-about
you will shortly on the left find parking
and a gate to the property where an
electrical substation resides.
A new sign has been erected, so now it seems this is the main parking area!
From the parking area on Congress St. a path to the far left of the service road around the cranberry bog is a short walk to this view.
Starting a hike and following around the bog service road to a far corner on the right side of the bog there will be a rustic bench.
It's a beautiful area as views of the upper bog ponds in the conservation area are abundant from this vantage point.
Once you come upon the bench area
another trail into and between these
bog ponds will come into view.
More views of the bog pond
open up from this trail.
If adding this trail to your overall hike it will add another one mile in total.
This hiking trail is path sized.
It is heavily wooded through pleasant forest between bog pond and bog marsh.
Though my exploration of this area was in mid autumn, evidence of blueberry bushes existed on this narrow trail.
You will find the end of this leg of the hike at another older abandoned cranberry bog further up Lincoln St across from Merry Village.
Cranberry bogs are very acidic making it a
good place for growing evergreens as one can see here!
It is possible to walk around
this cranberry bog but it is
a bit overgrown.
Follow the trail back to the original cranberry bog and continue on to the left to finish the hike. Another side trail will open up. This is an access area for the Southscape Condominiums.
It can be taken if you prefer a wooded walk. It is a wide trail like the service roads. It leads down to a community garden and back out to the cranberry bog roads. At this end is where you will find the other access point to the property from the Lincoln Street side.
To finish the hike follow the road that brings you through the middle of the cranberry bog and over a bridge.
There will be another water crossing over flowing water. No bridge here just some large stones to help you across. Then a short walk back to your car.
from route 3 take exit 22, Congress St. head east. Follow around the round-about. The Lincoln St. entrance is the first right on the round-about. That entrance will be on the left quickly once on Lincoln St.
More parking is on Congress St continuing straight after the round-about on the right.
Lincoln St. (Has been expanded) now appears to hold 6-7 vehicles
Congress St. approx. 5-6 vehicles.
1/2- 1 1/2 hours
flowing water in the bog and back pond
cross country skiing