Donald Conservation Restriction, Acton
Stone walls mark the eastern, northern, and western boundaries of the conservation restriction (CR) donated to SVT by James and Mary Donald, which abuts the Acton Arboretum. A trail through the CR connects to the Arboretum’s main trail loops at several points. For much of its length this trail follows an esker that creates a drainage divide between cattail marsh to the west and other wetlands and bog to the east.
The Acton Arboretum offers a wonderful mix of planted gardens with natural areas. Much of the open area near the Taylor Road entrance is handicapped accessible and includes herb, hosta, and butterfly gardens as well as daylily and rhododendron plantings. The property also features a lilac fragrance garden, a wildflower loop trail, pond plantings, Japanese larches, and a nut tree collection. Picnic tables and benches welcome visitors.
The Highland/Bog Trail follows old farm roads, cow paths, and foot trails and is not handicapped accessible. It travels from the highest point on the property to the lowest, passing through a variety of forest types as it goes. Near its southern end it parallels the trail on the Donald land for a time, following the esker before dropping to cross the bog on a boardwalk.
From route 2 in Acton, take exit 42. Follow route 27 North towards Acton for approximately 0.7 miles. Take a sharp right turn onto Taylor Rd. Go 0.1 mile. Parking is on the left at the Acton Arboretum.