Great Oak Farm, Berlin
March 2020: Trails on SVT lands are currently open, but please note the following:
- Dogs must be leashed.
- If a trail is marked "closed," Do Not Enter. (We may need to close some trails, and our trails often cross lands owned by others.)
- Please follow all federal and state orders regarding public activities.
- See SVT Trail Policies During the COVID-19 Crisis as well as our standard Trail Policies.
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Great Oak Farm spans 39 acres of forest and farmland in the northeast corner of Berlin. Once the largest organic strawberry operation in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the property became a horse-boarding farm when the owner retired. In 2018, the Town of Berlin and SVT purchased a conservation restriction on the land that protects it as agricultural land forever.
A 1-mile-long trail now takes hikers along an old forest road to a beautiful hilltop. The trail also winds around horse pastures, fields, and a pond.
Please note: This land is privately owned. Portions of the land are not open to the public. Please stay on designated trails, shown on the map.
Also, the farm is currently leased for horse boarding. Please do not feed, pet, or disturb the horses. Use caution along electric fences. Dogs must be on leash on the property due to potential issues with the horses and riding lessons.
- The “Great Oak” is visible from Highland Street.
- A great view of Bolton can be enjoyed from the top of the hill at the southeastern corner of the property.
- The farm house is the historic George Fox Wheeler home, built in the late 1800s.
- You may spot birds of prey around the fields, where they hunt for small mammals.
From Route I-495, take Exit 26. Turn left onto Route 62 west and follow approximately 0.6 mile. Turn right onto Sawyer Hill Road and follow approximately 1 mile to a Great Oak Farm sign on your left. The sign marks the entrance to a parking lot, and the hiking trail continues up the hill along the old forest road.
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