Norwood Farm is located in Polpis, which was originally the agricultural center of the island. It was once a component of Beechwood Farm that was known for producing peat and cranberries as well as grazing sheep and cattle.
Norwood Farm was jointly acquired by the Land Bank and the Nantucket Conservation Foundation in 2013. The 207 acre property is located on the northern edge of over 6,700 acres of protected open space in the middle of the island known as the Middle Moors. The Land Bank owns the eastern 76 acres of the property, which consists of hills and valleys formed by terminal moraine deposits during the last glaciation. Most of the low lying areas are wetlands, which are isolated or connected by intermittent streams. The Land Bank trail is a wide grass path that begins in a parking area off Almanac Pond Road. The path loops around, crossing onto Nantucket Conservation Foundation property before rejoining the original trail back to the same parking area.
Across the road from the Norwood Farm parking lot is the entrance to the Stump Pond trail system. The Stump Pond loop provides connections to alternate trails leading north to Windswept Cranberry Bog or south to Barnard Valley Road. These single track trails cross the eastern moors, making connections with other paths by which you can walk or bike much of the Middle Moors.
Drive east on Polpis Road and turn right on Almanac Pond Road. In approximately 0.7 miles, there is a dirt parking area on your right.
Land Bank trails are marked by the post shown here. Most Land Bank trails are created as loops and if you follow the arrows—the trail should return you to where you began.