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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.
February 15, 2020 9:00am
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.
January 14, 2020
January 14, 2020
Walter Bickford used his automatically triggered wildlife camera to photograph this bobcat in Berlin.
January 11, 2020
Sharon Tentarelli photographed this northern mockingbird at Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary in Natick.
January 10, 2020
Dany Pelletier photographed this bald eagle at Mill Pond in Maynard.
December 27, 2019
Ron McAdow photographed these two bald eagles at the carcass of a white-tailed deer on Farrar Pond in Lincoln. Ron had recorded a video of an eagle and other wildlife at this spot on the previous day.