Mill Brook, which is located near the entrance to the trails on Shawmut Street and Batchelder Mill Road, played a significant role in the history of Concord. On the westerly side of Mill Brook are remnants of an old brick mill where bricks were manufactured as early as 1734. This was one of several areas in the City where clay deposits were readily available. Near the bridge to your left is a rise in the earth. This was an old dam, believed to be the first in Concord. It was created to hold back the water, in order to run a water wheel at one of the many mills that lined Mill Brook. An observation deck now overlooks the wetland that was once the Mill Pond.
Access to the trails: To get to the Batchelder Mill Road Trail from East Concord, take Shawmut Street from Route 132 at the outlet of Exit 16 on I-93. Go about 0.5 miles on Shawmut Street from Route 132. Turn right onto Batchelder Mill Road. At the end of the road, there is a small area to park. Proceed to the small bridge over Mill Brook. OR From East Side Drive take Portsmouth Street easterly to South Curtisville Road and turn left. Drive past the entrance to Broken Ground and Mill Brook Schools. The gated end of N. Curtisville Road will soon appear on the left. Park alongside the approach to the gate and walk up N. Curtisville Road. The entrance to the trails is about 800 feet to the north on a discontinued road. OR From East Side Drive turn onto N. Curtisville Road and proceed to the cul-de-sac at the end. Park at the gate and walk to the trailhead.
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More Stats for Batchelder Mills Trail (Red) mountain bike trail
Altitude change-32 ft
Altitude min300 ft
Altitude start405 ft
Altitude end372 ft
Distance climb1 miles
Distance down4,526 ft
Distance flat668 ft
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