Rock House Reservation is an 196-acre preserve located off route 9 in Brookfield Massachusetts. Carter Pond is amid numerous boulders at the center of the reservation, with the largest rock at Rock House Shelter. Elevation ranges from 600’ up to 1,200’ at its highest.
There is 3 miles of hiking trails, an interpretive center, and butterfly garden. A small trailside museum is at the northern end of Carter Pond. Park facilities include a portable toilet. The reservation trails are Outer Loop, Inner Loop, Summit Loop, and Fullam Loop.
Two unique rock formations are known as Balance Rock and Rock House Shelter. The signature piece is the enormous 25-foot high rock enclosure of Rock House Shelter, overlooking Carter Pond. Its is a shallow pond of about 2.5 acres with an average depth of one meter.
Archeologists believe Native American Indians used cave like Rock House Shelter as a winter camp, trail camp and meeting place. It was placed near two Native American Indian footpaths. Rock House Reservation was a popular stop on the electric trolley “Copper Line” running between West Brookfield and Ware. It was a favorite spot to picnic and explore the historic Native American landmark.
Designated areas of the parkland allow horseback riding and mountain biking. There is also geo catch hunting for those with an interest. Hunting is permitted in season, but fishing is prohibited. Dogs are allowed if kept under control on leash. Rock House Reservation allows cross-country skiing, hiking and picnicking during winter.
Rock House Reservation is open year round from sunrise to sunset. The reservation may be visited at no charge. Its address is Massachusetts 9, West Brookfield, MA. The main entrance is on route 9 with a parking area on Pierce Road.
West Brookfield a town of 3,701 on route 9, four miles south east of Rock House Reservation. The town is 30 miles east of Springfield and 20 miles west of Worcester. It was settled in 1664 with incorporation in 1848.
Local legend has Diederic Leertouwer importing asparagus to the area for cultivation. Adding to the credibility of the story is the fact that asparagus grows abundantly in the area. Noah Webster published his dictionary while residing in the town.
Rock House Reservation is a 5 hour drive of 331 miles from Rochester NY. Drive I-90 thruway east past the state border into Massachusetts. Past Springfield exit on route 32 driving north then route 9 east following signs to Rock House Reservation.
Here’s a visitor thoughts about Rock House Reservation
“Just a wonderful place, peaceful, beautiful, relaxing, great place for a picnic.”