Properties

SVT is responsible for the protection and care of diverse conservation lands that include wetlands, sensitive habitats, trails and other open spaces including major sanctuaries. Many of these properties have trail maps, which can be found below. Click on the property name for more information and directions to parking.

The Land Protection and Stewardship staff are always on the look out for new properties under threat of development or help in maintaining our current responsibilities. If you would like to get more information about assisting this team, please visit our Volunteer page or call us at 978-443-5588.

To see what wildlife has been seen around the watershed, or to report new sightings, visit our Nature Sightings page. Free maps to our properties are available at most property kiosks and at the SVT office at Wolbach Farm in Sudbury; or you can look at the list below, where you can download our maps.

More information regarding regulations on our properties.

Trail Maps:

The Bay Circuit Trail through Baiting Brook-Welch, photo by Sandy Gotlib.

PDF icon Baiting Brook-Welch Trail Map Brochure

During the development boom following WWII, Margaret Pearmain Welch feared for the landscape in the northwest corner of Framingham. To help conserve it, she donated 87 acres of land over several years, starting in 1959, and provided the core of SVT’s first reservation beyond our original Wayland-​Sudbury base. 

PDF icon Berlin Meadows and Sawyer Hill CRs Trail Map and Brochure

Berlin Meadows, owned by the Town of Berlin, is a mix of open field, wet meadow, forested wetland and upland, and dense successional scrub. It provides natural flood control and storm drainage to neighboring communities. The Town donated a conservation restriction on Berlin Meadows to SVT.

Sawyer Hill, which is privately owned land, consists of forested open space and public trails. SVT has held a conservation restriction on this land since 2008.

Brues Woods, by Wayne Hall
Brues Woods, by Wayne Hall

PDF icon Brues Woods Interpretive Nature Trail

PDF icon Brues Woods Trail Map Brochure

Brues Woods' upland trails pass through mature pines. Plank walkways carry the trail across Bridge Brook and through damp areas in the adjacent wooded wetland with its tangled under-story and fallen trees.

A local Eagle Scout created an interpretive nature trail brochure that describes the trees at six markers along the trail. A complete tour takes less than an hour over moderately easy terrain, with some briefly steep spots. 

A view of the meadow on top of Cedar Hill. Photo by Joyce Dwyer.

PDF icon Cedar Hill and Sawink Farm Brochure and Map

PDF icon Crane Swamp Interpretive Trail Brochure

The Crane Swamp Conservation Area spans more than 2,225 acres of open space that straddle the borders of Northborough, Westborough, Southborough, and Marlborough, making this site one of the most significant areas of open space in the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord River watershed. The centerpiece of the conservation area is a 400-acre red maple swamp surrounded by a complex of open fields, wet meadows, ponds, pine plantations, and oak-pine forests, with Cedar Hill to the west and Walnut Hill to the northeast.

Cowassock Woods, by Joyce Dwyer
Cowassock Woods, by Joyce Dwyer

PDF icon Cowassock Woods Brochure and Map

SVT’s Cowassock Woods is nestled in the much larger Ashland Town Forest. Together, these lovely properties span more than 500 acres and are rich in both human and natural history.

As you walk the entrance trail at Cowassock Woods, you can still see signs of a development that was planned for the site; SVT acquired the 50-plus acres of Cowassock Woods in two stages in 1984 and 1992, after the plans fell through.

Cowassock Woods and Ashland Town Forest are composed of a mosaic of mixed hardwood forest types, wetlands, vernal pools and stream corridors.

PDF icon Gowing's Swamp Trail Map Brochure

Consider how remote and novel that [Gowing’s Swamp]. Beneath it is a quaking bed of sphagnum, and in it grow . . . plants which scarcely a citizen of Concord ever sees. It would be as novel to them to stand there as in a conservatory, or in Greenland . . . .—Henry David Thoreau, August 30, 1856

The Sudbury River at Greenways Conservation Area, by Wayne Hall
The Sudbury River at Greenways Conservation Area, by Wayne Hall

PDF icon Greenways Brochure and Map

In 1995 the Sudbury Valley Trustees and the Town of Wayland, with the assistance of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management, purchased one of the last large parcels of open space in the town: the Paine Estate.

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

PDF icon Hamlen Woods and Mainstone Farm Trail Map

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.

Hazel Brook Conservation Area, by Raj Das
Hazel Brook Conservation Area, by Raj Das

PDF icon Hazel Brook Trail Map

PDF icon Hazel Brook Brochure and Interpretive Map

Hazel Brook Conservation Area (48.4 acres) rewards your senses almost immediately by the sound of the rushing waters of Hazel Brook, soon followed by the sight of a beautiful pond.

Don't stop there, for a moderately easy hike uphill through the quiet woods leads you to a network of more than 65 miles of trails through Weston Town Forest and other public land. A figure-eight route through the property takes about one hour, plus any additional time you choose to devote to Weston town trails beyond.

PDF icon Hop Brook Natural Area Interpretive Trail

PDF icon Hop Brook Natural Area Trail Map Brochure

The Hop Brook Natural Area is one of several wildlife havens in the northwestern part of Framingham. Owned by SVT, this land sits amid residential properties, a pasture, and a hayfield. It consists mostly of red maple swamp, and it features about 1200 feet of Hop Brook, one large pond, and two smaller ponds. 

A brook, three ponds, red maple swamp, and many fruit- and seed-bearing trees provide habitat suitable for otters, foxes, minks, and cottontail rabbits, as well as a variety of fish, turtles, birds, frogs, and insects.

PDF icon Horse Meadows Knoll Trail Map Brochure

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.

PDF icon Lyons-Cutler Trail Map

PDF icon Brochure side from previous map

PDF icon Interpretive Guide Brochure

SVT acquired ownership of Lyons-Cutler in several stages, beginning in 1961 with a three-acre gift from Mary Goodnow Cutler. Another eight acres came in 1967 with two gifts, one from Kenneth and Joseph Cutler and one from Roland Cutler. In the following year SVT purchased the core piece of the reservation, a 59-acre parcel from Edward Lyons. The most recent addition to SVT’s reservation came in the form of a three-acre gift from Forrest Bradshaw in 1985. 

Memorial Forest, by Raj Das
Memorial Forest, by Raj Das

PDF icon Memorial Forest Map and Brochure

Straddling the border of Sudbury and Marlborough are hundreds of acres of public and private open space dedicated primarily to conservation. These lands include the General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts Memorial Forest (owned by SVT),  other lands owned by GFWCM, two tracts of Marlborough State Forest, and conservation lands owned by Town of Sudbury and City of Marlborough.

Mount Pisgah Conservation Area, by David Kindler
Mount Pisgah Conservation Area, by David Kindler

PDF icon Mount Pisgah Trail Map

The Mt. Pisgah complex of lands is a region including parts of Boylston, Berlin, Bolton, and Northborough. The land is wild, rural, and quiet, with few roads through the surrounding area. Along with an extensive trail system, several beautiful vistas provide looks at the surrounding landscape.

PDF icon NW Framingham Trail Map

Northwest Framingham retains more than 1,100 acres of open space valuable for wildlife, farming, and quiet recreation. Sudbury Valley Trustees owns 12 parcels of land here, totaling more than 200 acres, and has participated in the protection of hundreds of additional acres now owned by Callahan State Park and the Town of Framingham or farmed under the state’s program of Agricultural Preservation restrictions.

PDF icon O'Connor CR Trail Map and Brochure

Owned by the Town of Bedford, the O’Connor land contains wooded uplands and wetlands, and it lies within a region that holds residential, industrial, and conservation lands. The trail system provides a much-need place for respite and exercise in the midst of a heavily developed area.

In 2009, the Town donated a conservation restriction (CR) on the property to SVT; this CR ensures the property will never be developed into housing lots. SVT works with the Town of Bedford to ensure that the conservation values on the land are maintained.

PDF icon Peppergrass Brook CR Trail Map and Brochure

Named after the brook that flows through the property on its way to the Sudbury River, the Peppergrass Brook conservation restriction (CR) lies within a region heavily dotted with conservation lands, including the Town of Bedford’s Carlisle Road Conservation Areas, Bedford Meadows CR, Brown-Page Conservation Area, and Redmond- Anderson Conservation Area, as well as Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

The Concord River from Ralph Hill Conservation Area.
The Concord River from Ralph Hill Conservation Area.

PDF icon Ralph Hill and Vietnam Veterans Park Brochure and Map

The Town of Billerica and SVT collaboratively manage the Vietnam Veterans Park and Ralph Hill Conservation Area.

Vietnam Veterans Park was the first park in the United States dedicated to Vietnam Veterans.

The Middlesex House of Corrections formerly used the upper part of the property as a working farm that provided dairy products and vegetables to the prison. 

Upper Mill Brook, by Dustin Briggs
Upper Mill Brook, by Dustin Briggs

PDF icon Upper Mill Brook Brochure and Map

Upper Mill Brook Conservation Area (60.6 acres) is a diverse property which contains both open and wooded swamps, deciduous woodland, a brook and several ponds, with beavers in residence.

While a basic tour takes about 45 minutes, additional extensions onto Wayland conservation land can add up to another 2 hours. The main trail is easy; however the extension to Claypit Hill Road is moderately difficult.

PDF icon George and Lucy Yapp CR Trail Map Brochure

The George and Lucy Yapp Conservation Land, which is owned by the Town of Littleton, is located in a scenic rural corner of the town. It links with other conserved lands in the area, creating a network of open space that is beneficial to wildlife.

SVT holds a conservation restriction (CR) on the Yapp property, partnering with the town to ensure its permanent protection.