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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 65 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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The Peach Hill Conservation Area is an 80-acre forest block owned by the Town of Berlin. It is located off Lancaster Road and Peach Hill Road in north Berlin, abutting the town line with Bolton. 

Peach Hill sits just across Lancaster Road from the Forty Caves Conservation Area, and it abuts another 157 acres of conservation land in Bolton, including the Fyfeshire Conservation Area and two farms that are protected with APRs (Agricultural Preservation Restrictions).

SVT stepped in to purchase and hold 30 acres of the land on behalf of the Town of Berlin while it sought grant funding for the purchase, which it completed in 2020. SVT now holds a CR (conservation restriction) on those 30 acres to ensure their protection in perpetuity.  The Town combined that land with an adjacent 50 acres of conservation land it already owned to create the Peach Hill Conservation Area. 

As part of the transaction, the Town of Bolton was given a small portion of the property (0.8 acres) that was situated in Bolton. This parcel adds to the Town of Bolton's Fyfeshire Conservation Area and allows its trail system to connect to Peach Hill Conservation Area.

The protection of these lands provide a key connector between conservation areas in the two towns to create a contiguous wildlife corridor and forest block totaling more than 1,150 acres!

SVT also assisted in creating new hiking trails at Peach Hill. The Mountain Laurel trail, marked with red paint blazes, starts at a forest road entrance on the east side of Lancaster Road and continues north to an intersection with a yellow-marked trail near the Bolton line. Turning right (east) will take you to Peach Hill Road. In the opposite direction, you can follow Bolton's yellow-marked trail to the Fyfeshire Conservation Area and Wattaquadock Hill Road.

PDF icon Peach Hill Conservation Area Trail Map

Nature Sightings

A blue dasher at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A blue dasher at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Joan Chasan.

July 12, 2020

Joan Chasan photographed a blue dasher and a green frog at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston.

Raspberry slime mold near the Sudbury River in Southborough, photographed by Deborah Costine.
Raspberry slime mold near the Sudbury River in Southborough, photographed by Deborah Costine.

July 6, 2020

Deborah Costine photographed this raspberry slime mold near the Sudbury River in Southborough.

Great blue herons at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Marie Rock.
Great blue herons at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Marie Rock.

July 2, 2020

Marie Rock photographed these great blue herons at their nest in Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury.

Wood ducks at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
Wood ducks at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.

June 30, 2020

Steve Forman photographed this family of wood ducks on Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury.

A green frog in Berlin, photographed by Sarah Davis.
A green frog in Berlin, photographed by Sarah Davis.

June 28, 2020

Sarah Davis photographed a green frog and a northern water snake along the trails from Berlin Meadows.