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  • Dan Stimson and Laura Mattei (at right in photo) led the walk for our conservation partners. Photo by Rick Findlay.
    Dan Stimson and Laura Mattei (at right in photo) led the walk for our conservation partners. Photo by Rick Findlay.

    Grand Opening at Smith

    On Sunday, January 12, a day when the weather seemed more appropriate for early June, SVT and our conservation partners held a...

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  • Photo by William Dunbar.
    Photo by William Dunbar.

    Happy Anniversary, MESA

    The year 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (MESA), which protects vulnerable...

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  • Conservation Corridor Expands

    In the northwest part of Upton, a town characterized by beautiful forests, SVT now holds a conservation restriction on the Bonner...

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  • A coyote, by Steve Cumming.

    Nature Sightings: The Best of 2019

    We received over 400 Nature Sightings submissions in 2019, most of which included several photos of the flora and fauna in our...

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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 bobcat in Berlin, photographed with an automatically triggered wildlife camera by Walter Bickford.
A bobcat in Berlin, photographed with an automatically triggered wildlife camera by Walter Bickford.

January 14, 2020

Walter Bickford used his automatically triggered wildlife camera to photograph this bobcat in Berlin.

A northern mockingbird in Natick, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A northern mockingbird in Natick, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.

January 11, 2020

Sharon Tentarelli photographed this northern mockingbird at Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary in Natick.

A bald eagle at Mill Pond in Maynard, photographed by Dany Pelletier.
A bald eagle at Mill Pond in Maynard, photographed by Dany Pelletier.

January 10, 2020

Dany Pelletier photographed this bald eagle at Mill Pond in Maynard.