Perhaps no water body in the Greater Worcester Area has such diverse and vast public and private nonprofit conservation lands abutting its shores than Dorothy Pond. While Dorothy Pond has several thousand feet of water frontage for public access it is also abutted by several hundred acres of conservation related land.
Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Broad Meadow Brook
Wildlife Sanctuary: Located in the northern portion of the Dorothy Pond Watershed, Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester is the largest urban wildlife sanctuary in New England. This 429 acre sanctuary is managed or owned by Mass Audubon. The sanctuary has abundant wildlife and has well-marked trails through woods, fields, streams, and marsh.
Martha Deering Wildlife Management Area: Comprising 182 acres of mixed hardwoods, hiking trails, wooded wetlands, intermittent streams and a few small open fields this land is managed by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife. The Deering WMA is located on Riverlin Street only a few hundred yards from Dorothy Pond.
Little Dorothy Pond Recreational Area: This picturesque fishing and picnic site is home to the Dorothy Pond Dam & two spillways that empty into the headwaters of Dorothy Stream. Surrounding Little Dorothy Pond, this 21.6 acre parcel was gifted to the Town of Millbury by Great Neck Tool (owner of the former Buck Brothers Tool Works) in the 1990’s through the efforts of Highway Surveyor Joseph Chase, Town Planner Stephen Bishop, and Selectman Jude Cristo. The site is managed by the Millbury Parks Commission and is located on Riverlin Street across from the 117 acre Colton Road Conservation Area. The site currently contains picnic tables and a trail that connects to the former railroad bed trail that abuts the main body of water.
Old Millbury Railroad Trail: This old railroad line which separates Dorothy Pond and Little Dorothy Pond was an active rail line until the 1970’s when it closed due to the loss of industrial manufacturing on Howe Avenue near Millbury Center. The old line extends from Millbury Center to Route 122 in North Grafton. This approximately 2‐mile long right of way offers several hundred feet of public access to Dorothy Pond and is owned by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation and Construction. The old rail road bed is a favorite spot for anglers, hikers, mountain bikers, and snow mobiles and connects to several hundred acres of public lands.
Colton Road Conservation Area: Obtained by the Millbury Board of Selectmen from the Gustafson Family in 1985 this 117 acre site is managed by the Conservation Commission. It is located on Riverlin Street across from the Little Dorothy Pond Recreation Area and abuts the Martha Deering Wildlife Management Area. This parcel is wooded and abuts a cattail marsh at the headwaters of Dorothy Stream. A trail wraps around the Marsh from Colton Road to the power lines and then several trails connect to the multiple trail network in the Deering WMA.