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  • 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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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 Boxborough, photographed with an automatically triggered wildlife camera by Steve Cumming.
A bobcat in Boxborough, photographed with an automatically triggered wildlife camera by Steve Cumming.

October 7, 2018

Steve Cumming used his automatically triggered wildlife camera to photograph this bobcat in Boxborough.

A woodchuck in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.
A woodchuck in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.

October 4, 2018

Harold McAleer photographed this woodchuck in Lincoln.

A black-crowned night heron in Concord, photographed by Jon Whitney.
A black-crowned night heron in Concord, photographed by Jon Whitney.

September 30, 2018

Jon Whitney photographed a black-crowned night heron, milkweed, a monarch butterfly, a mushroom, a northern water snake, and a painted turtle at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord.

A giant swallowtail caterpillar in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
A giant swallowtail caterpillar in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.

September 29, 2018

Marnie Frankian photographed a giant swallowtail caterpillar and a monarch butterfly in Northborough.

An eastern chipmunk in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.
An eastern chipmunk in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.

September 25, 2018

Harold McAleer photographed this eastern chipmunk in Lincoln.