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

  • Conserve and care for over 4800 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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Take a Hike

Hamlen Woods, by Joyce Dwyer
Hamlen Woods, by Joyce Dwyer

Please note that Mainstone Farm is privately owned. Portions of the land are not open to the public. Please stay on designated trails, shown on the map.

Hamlen Woods and Mainstone Farm highlight a complex of conserved lands owned by the Town of Wayland, Sudbury Valley Trustees, and other private entitites. Additional protected lands, including Mainstone Hills, Reeves Hill, and Turkey Hill contribute to a network of wildlife habitat and public trails.

Trails are open for passive, public recreation. They are managed cooperatively by SVT and the Town of Wayland.

The trails are marked with colored diamond-shaped signs, indicated by the corresponding colored lines on the map. The blue trail will lead you from the Hamlen Woods parking area, north to Reeves Hill Conservation Land, over a one-way route of approximately 1.75 miles. The red trail will take you on an approximately 4.5 mile circuit through all of the connected areas. Use caution while walking Rice Road if you plan to link your walk between the Mainstone Farm parking area and Turkey Hill Road.

PDF icon Hamlen Woods and Mainstone Farm Trail Map

Nature Sightings

A ruby-throated hummingbird at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ruby-throated hummingbird at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.

August 8, 2018

Steve Forman photographed a ruby-throated hummingbird and a snowberry clearwing moth at Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston.

A blue dasher at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A blue dasher at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

July 31, 2018

Steve Forman photographed a blue dasher dragonfly, a bumble bee, Canada geese, an eastern pondhawk dragonfly, a Halloween pennant dragonfly, and a northern flicker at Farm Pond in Framingham.

A great blue heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

July 31, 2018

Steve Forman photographed a great blue heron, a house sparrow, and a killdeer at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

A pearl crescent butterfly in Bolton, photographed by Betsy Taylor-Kennedy.
A pearl crescent butterfly in Bolton, photographed by Betsy Taylor-Kennedy.

July 30, 2018

Betsy Taylor-Kennedy photographed this pearl crescent butterfly in Bolton.

A blue dasher at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A blue dasher at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.

July 29, 2018

Joan Chasan photographed a blue dasher dragonfly and a ruby-throated hummingbird at Garden in the Woods in Framingham.