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.
December 21, 2018 7:00am to 8:00am
Half Moon Meadow Brook, Boxborough
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.
December 5, 2018
Harold McAleer photographed this gray squirrel at his home in Lincoln.
December 4, 2018
Sandy Howard photographed these American robins in Southborough.
November 18, 2018
Tom Porcher used his automatically triggered wildlife camera to photograph this coyote at Stow Conservation Trust's Red Acre Woodlands in Stow.
November 14, 2018
Steve Forman photographed this double-crested cormorant at Hager Pond in Marlborough.
November 12, 2018
Robin Right photographed this barred owl in Harvard.