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View from trail - Photograph by H. David SteinThe Becket Land Trust is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization which owns and operates the Historic Quarry and Forest.

It was founded by a group of citizens concerned about protecting the Town of Becket's rural character, natural resources and ecologically sensitive areas.

The Historic Quarry and Forest was the result of an extraordinary community fund-raising campaign to save a 300+ acre parcel of primarily wooded land from industrial development. To prevent detrimental impact on the site and the community, local citizens donated money to enable the Becket Land Trust to purchase the property and open the site to the public for recreational enjoyment.

We are involved with the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife in setting up a New England Cottontail habitat management area on the forest site - Read all about it.

Thanks to a wonderful group of volunteers, all trails have been cleared and reblazed. We invite you to visit the quarry and hike the trails.

We will be leading two hikes, sponsored by the Housatonic Heritage, on Sunday 9/21 at 10:00 AM, and on Saturday 10/4 at 10:00 AM.  Hikes are free and open to all.  Learn about granite quarrying in the area from 1850-1950.  See the quarry, now filled with water, surrounded by beautiful stand of birch trees, flora and fauna, the standing wooden derrick, winches, other artifacts, our vista bench, and through our wildlife habitat restoration demonstration forest.  Hike will be about 2-3 miles, for about 2 hours. 

 We hope you can join us.  Pre-registration suggested, by email:

We welcome your membership, donations, and active participation.

Volunteers are always needed for various jobs throughout the year.

Members receive e-mail notification of special events, educational programs, exhibits, guided tours and volunteer work days.

Please join us.

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456 Quarry Road
Post Office Box 44
Becket, MA 01223

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