The City acquired part of the Macomber Estate, known as Raceland, in 1971 for conservation purposes. This 57 acre parcel encompasses meadows, wetlands and upland forest. The north border is Stearns Reservoir #1 of the Sudbury River, which is maintained by the MA Water Resources Authority.
Barton Brook, a rocky babbling stream, runs through the property creating beautiful wooded wetlands. Barton Brook splits in the middle of Macomber (an unusual phenomenon); one branch drains to an emergent marsh and the other runs merrily down to the Reservoir.
Entrance into Macomber The
entrance to the property is at the break in the stone wall on Badger
Road, about 1000 feet south of Salem End Road. Ample parking is
available. The trails begin beyond the gate at the end of the paved
drive, and loop through white pine and hemlock woodland.
broad trails are old carriage roads with stone and metal grate bridges
where they cross Barton Brook. A short trail goes around the inner
woodland without crossing the stream; a longer trail crosses the stream
four times and provides lovely views of Stearns Reservoir.