Brookside Conservation Area

Enjoy the peaceful beauty of bubbling Bread and Cheese Brook as you walk or fish at Brookside Conservation Area. This nine-acre Westport Land Conservation Trust property features a short but interesting streamside trail that’s a perfect escape for a breath of fresh air.

Features

a woman standing on a rock looking at a stream on the Westport River at Brookside Conservation Area

Enjoy a peaceful view of Bread and Cheese Brook from the scenic overlook at Brookside Conservation Area in Westport.

Westport residents have used the waters of Bread and Cheese Brook, which flows from Fall River to the Westport River, for centuries. In the 18th century, Bread and Cheese Brook powered a grain mill and later a shingle and wagon spoke factory. More recently, diners enjoyed views of the tumbling stream from the windows of Brookside Restaurant, which once stood here.

In 2009, the town and the Westport Land Conservation Trust forever protected this historically and ecologically significant property, creating the first public area to walk and fish on Bread and Cheese Brook.

How did Bread and Cheese Brook get its unique name? Local legend says that in 1776, militia from the Head of Westport went to the brook’s edge to drink its water while they ate bread and cheese. Regardless of your meal of choice, Brookside Conservation Area still makes a nice spot for a picnic today!

Trails

Brookside Conservation Area features one short, out-and-back trail of about a quarter mile. The trail meanders alongside Bread and Cheese Brook and offers plenty of spots to stop and appreciate the view. (Download trail map)

You can get a glimpse into the property’s history about halfway down the trail, where the remnants of an antique granite bridge cross the brook. These stone blocks were one of the original stream crossings used by local farmers and mill workers.

Though relatively flat, the trail is narrow and rocky in places. Wear sturdy footwear and watch your step around rocks and exposed roots.

Habitats & Wildlife

Brookside Conservation Area is part of a patchwork of preserved land at the head of the Westport River, including Forge Pond Conservation Area and Mill Pond Conservation Area. These reserves help to filter out pollutants and prevent them from flowing into the Westport River and ultimately Buzzards Bay.

The water in this stretch of Bread and Cheese Brook runs dark with organic material picked up along its journey, moving quickly past rocks and large boulders on its way downstream. These waters and the surrounding woodlands are a haven for small animals like songbirds, butterflies, and dragonflies. If you sit quietly, you may even spot the property’s resident woodchuck, which has been spotted taking a dip in the brook on warm days.

Property Owned By

The Westport Land Conservation Trust is a nonprofit corporation that has worked since 1972 to acquire and preserve natural resources, farmland, and wildlife areas for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Details
Size: 9 acres
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Parking: Small unpaved parking area (space for 3-4 cars) off Route 177
Trail Difficulty: Intermediate
Dogs: Yes (on leash)
Facilities: None
ADA Accessible: No

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Address & Contact Information
1013 American Legion Hwy.
Westport, MA 02790
41.633896, -71.063609
Westport Land Conservation Trust: (508) 636-9228
Email: info@westportlandtrust.org

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Brookside Conservation Area
Westport, MA
View larger map

Related Stories

Addressing the unintended consequences of composting

Through a series of workshops this winter, the Coalition will examine how to reduce nitrogen pollution from small composting practices.

Full Story ›
Over 300 cyclists raise record $215,000 for clean water at 13th annual Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride

Pedaling beneath sunny skies and moderate winds on a cool fall day, cyclists broke records for both participation and fundraising at the 13th annual Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride, held on Sunday, October 6.

Full Story ›
New nitrogen-reducing septic systems help protect clean water in Westport

Westport's year-round population is growing rapidly, which means more people using septic systems. Nearby waterways are showing clear signs that too much nitrogen is reaching their ecosystems.

Full Story ›

Upcoming Events Near Here

Long, Scenic Hikes: Quansett Trail
Sun, November 24
9:00AM - 2:00PM
Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary,
Westport
The Great, BIG “Walk it Off” Hike
Fri, November 29
9:00AM - 12:00PM
Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary,
Westport

Nearby Places To Go

Forge Pond Conservation Area

From fishing to hiking to paddling, discover a variety of activities on this eight-acre Westport property.

Mill Pond Conservation Area

Pick fruit at the community orchard, explore the woods, or watch the river flow by at Mill Pond Conservation Area in Westport.

Headwaters Conservation Area

Explore dense forests, forested wetlands, and wildflower-rich former farmland at Headwaters Conservation Area in Westport.

Current Issues

Restoring Streams & Wetlands

The Coalition is working to restore damaged streams and wetlands in places like the Acushnet River, the Weweantic River, and the Mattapoisett River to protect clean water and improve the health of the Bay ecosystem so fish, wildlife, and people can thrive.

Read More ›
NA

Bay Health: Westport River, East Branch – Fresh

Find your water quality score in Bay Health ›