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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 bald eagle at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Steve Forman.

May 7, 2021

Steve Forman photographed a bald eagle, a great blue heron, a painted turtle, red-winged blackbirds, and a tree swallow at Great Meadows in Concord.

Canada geese goslings at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Canada geese goslings at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

April 26, 2021

Steve Forman photographed Canada geese goslings at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

An American kestrel at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American kestrel at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

April 26, 2021

Steve Forman photographed this American kestrel at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

A Virginia rail in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A Virginia rail in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.

April 19, 2021

Joan Chasan photographed this Virginia rail at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord.