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Together with our 2800 members and 200 volunteers, we...

  • Conserve and care for over 4300 acres of fields, forests, and farms in the 36 communities surrounding the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord Rivers.
  • Maintain more than 55 miles of hiking trails.
  • Help friends and neighbors connect with nature through our events, programs, and outings.
  • Assist local organizations in their efforts to protect the region’s most important natural areas.

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Take a Hike

Hamlen Woods, by Joyce Dwyer
Hamlen Woods, by Joyce Dwyer

Please note that Mainstone Farm is privately owned. Portions of the land are not open to the public. Please stay on designated trails, shown on the map.

Hamlen Woods and Mainstone Farm highlight a complex of conserved lands owned by the Town of Wayland, Sudbury Valley Trustees, and other private entitites. Additional protected lands, including Mainstone Hills, Reeves Hill, and Turkey Hill contribute to a network of wildlife habitat and public trails.

Trails are open for passive, public recreation. They are managed cooperatively by SVT and the Town of Wayland.

The trails are marked with colored diamond-shaped signs, indicated by the corresponding colored lines on the map. The blue trail will lead you from the Hamlen Woods parking area, north to Reeves Hill Conservation Land, over a one-way route of approximately 1.75 miles. The red trail will take you on an approximately 4.5 mile circuit through all of the connected areas. Use caution while walking Rice Road if you plan to link your walk between the Mainstone Farm parking area and Turkey Hill Road.

PDF icon Hamlen Woods and Mainstone Farm Trail Map

Nature Sightings

Ring-necked ducks on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Ring-necked ducks on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

December 5, 2017

Steve Forman photographed these ring-necked ducks on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, where he saw approximately 100 of the birds.

A white-tailed deer in Stow.
A white-tailed deer in Stow.

November 12, 2017

Steve from Stow photographed these white-tailed deer near his home.

A tundra swan on Farrar Pond in Lincoln, photographed by Ron McAdow.
A tundra swan on Farrar Pond in Lincoln, photographed by Ron McAdow.

November 10, 2017

Ron McAdow photographed this tundra swan, a rare visitor to our area, on Farrar Pond in Lincoln

A white-tailed deer in Berlin, photographed with an automatically triggered wildlife camera by Paul Bakstran.
A white-tailed deer in Berlin, photographed with an automatically triggered wildlife camera by Paul Bakstran.

November 7, 2017

Paul Bakstran used his automatically triggered wildlife camera to photograph these white-tailed deer in Berlin.

An eastern screech owl in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.
An eastern screech owl in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.

November 4, 2017

Russ Place photographed this eastern screech owl in Wayland. He also recorded a pair of videos of the owl calling.