Mosher Conservation Area

Mosher Conservation Area

In 2004, Harold and Eleanor Mosher donated sixteen acres on the south flank of Brushy Mountain to Rattlesnake Gutter Trust so that hikers could continue to enjoy the Metacoment-Monadnock Trail. That trail has since been moved closer to Route 202 and renamed the New England National Scenic Trail. The former (white-dot) trail is still in use and connects the Mosher Property to Shutesbury Road.

In 2020, RGT took over management of the Appalachian Mountain Club shelter, fire pit, and composting privy on the Mosher property and in 2021 opened a 1.75-mile loop trail that starts on Shutesbury Road and passes through the Mosher Conservation Area and the shelter site. The shelter itself is a large, raised, three-sided structure ideal for family outings or overnight stays for one to eight people.

Driving Directions

  • From Leverett Town Hall heading south, bear left onto Shutesbury Road at the Leverett Family Museum (old library).
  • At the intersection with Cushman Road in 1.4 miles, turn sharp left/uphill and continue on Shutesbury Road.
  • Access is 0.4 miles from the turn, just west of a pull-over large enough to accommodate several vehicles. There is also a second parking area just beyond the power line (0.5 miles from the turn).
  • Mosher Conservation Area is uphill on the left/north. Follow the white dot trail to Rat Hollow Road (discontinued).
  • Neighboring Roaring Brook Conservation Area (owned by the Town of Leverett) is on the right/south from the parking area. Follow the Roaring Brook Trail through that conservation area and on to the trail on the Donald H. Bates Sanctuary.


Trails on the Mosher property were recently improved.