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Together with our 2900 members and 200 volunteers, we...

  • Conserve and care for over 5000 acres of fields, forests, and farms in the 36 communities surrounding the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers.
  • Maintain more than 60 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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About the Property

Horse Meadows Knoll sits adjacent to the Horse Meadows Reservoir, which is now a beautiful naturalized pond. The property is forested with a mixture of hardwood species, white pine, and hemlock, and it provides habitat for multiple endangered species.

The Harvard Conservation Trust (HCT) and SVT worked together to protect this land. HCT owns the land, and SVT holds a conservation restriction. SVT manages the land and worked with HCT to create hiking trails that offer beautiful views of the reservoir and its associated wetlands.

Learn more about how SVT and HCT worked together to protect this property

Features of Note

  • This drumlin-shaped knoll rises about 140 feet above the parking area.
  • Old cart paths and the driveway to a house that once sat on the knoll contribute to the trail system.
  • The rich soils on the lower slope near Sherry Road host some unusual plants for our area, including American basswood. Wild columbine grows on some of the rock ledges.
  • The headwaters of Elizabeth Brook, a main tributary of the Assabet River, are partially located on the property
  • Beaver are active at the pond and along the stream that meanders through the property.
  • Look for their lodge in the center of the pond as you walk along the trail.
  • Scarlet tanagers, eastern wood-pewees, and other birds of the deep forest find essential habitat here. Great blue herons nest in the treetops above the pond.

PDF icon Horse Meadows Knoll Trail Map Brochure

Nature Sightings

A pileated woodpecker in Westborough, photographed by Nan Burke.
A pileated woodpecker in Westborough, photographed by Nan Burke.

January 14, 2019

Nan Burke photographed this pileated woodpecker near her home in Westborough.

A hooded merganser on the Sudbury River in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A hooded merganser on the Sudbury River in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

January 10, 2019

Steve Forman photographed this pair of hooded mergansers on the Sudbury River in Southborough.

A green-winged teal at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A green-winged teal at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

January 4, 2019

Steve Forman photographed this green-winged teal at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

A bald eagle at Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by William Dunbar.
A bald eagle at Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by William Dunbar.

December 23, 2018

William Dunbar photographed this bald eagle at Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough.

A northern shoveler at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Sue Feldberg.
A northern shoveler at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Sue Feldberg.

December 23, 2018

Sue Feldberg photographed this northern shoveler at Hager Pond in Marlborough.