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.
May 29, 2019 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Sargent Memorial Library, Boxborough
June 1, 2019 10:00am to 1:00pm
Smith Property, Littleton
June 2, 2019 8:30am to 10:30am
Lyons-Cutler Reservation and Landham Brook Marsh, Sudbury
June 2, 2019 11:00am to 1:00pm
Icehouse Landing, Maynard
June 10, 2019 7:00pm
Jack’s Abby Brewhall, Framingham
Take a Hike
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.
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.
May 20, 2019
Harold McAleer photographed this pink lady's slipper in Lincoln.
May 18, 2019
Greg Dyasrt photographed a silvery blue butterfly and a dot-tailed whiteface dragonfly during a recent Bioblitz Discovery Day at SVT's Smith Conservation Land in Littleton. Join us for our next Bioblitz Discovery Day, this time focused on herps and aquatics, on June 1.
May 18, 2019
Karin Paquin photographed these rhodora blossoms at the Marlborough-Sudbury State Forest in Hudson.
May 18, 2019
Terri Ackerman photographed these American robin nestlings in Concord.
May 15, 2019
Lyell Slade photographed this bumble bee in Concord.