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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.

On Saturday 10/5/13 at 9:00 AM and  again on Sunday 10/6/13 at 10:00 AM there will be led hikes to explore the Historic Quarry.  You will learn about granite quarrying from the 1850's -1950's.  See the quarry, now filled with water, surrounded by strands of beautiful birch trees, flora and fauna, the standing wooden derrick, winches and other artifacts. 

Learn how the Land Trust saved this property for passive recreation and developed miles of hiking trails, on which we will walk to our Vista Bench and view our demonstration forest.  Hike will be about 2 hours.  We hope you can join us.

These led hikes are part of the Housatonic Heritage Walks 2013.  If you want to see other walks here is the link -

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
(413) - 623 - 2100

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