Henry's Hill and Wayside Forest

On the west side of Wayside Inn Road, Henry’s Hill begins at the base of an open field. The trail passes bluebird boxes on the way up to a bench with a serene view overlooking the field.

The remainder of the trails pass through woodlands, with options to walk a loop around the adjacent Wayside Forest, or to walk across Wayside Inn Road where the trail crosses a stream and climbs towards adjacent Framingham conservation lands.

The Bay Circuit Trail offers further connections to Callahan State Park and Nobscot Scout Reservation.

Full Description

SVT’s Henry’s Hill property straddles Wayside Inn Road near the Framingham-Sudbury line. To the east, the land is a wooded slope with an intermittent stream. To the west, several acres of open fields are surrounded by a mature forest and a small wetland.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hall of Cambridge enjoyed some 30 years of walking and horseback riding at Henry’s Hill before giving it to SVT in 1983 so that it would be conserved for others to enjoy. The land on the east side of Wayside Inn Road was given by Dr. Robert Gross in 1975 and was later enlarged by the addition of a private conservation restriction (CR).

In June 2018, SVT and the City of Framingham protected the adjacent Wayside Forest, a 52-acre wooded gem. SVT now maintains trails across the combined Henry's Hill and Wayside Forest properties.

  • The bird boxes in the open meadow are used by tree swallows and eastern bluebirds. Bird boxes like these mimic cavities in dead standing trees, the natural choice for these species.  
  • The trail on the west side of Wayside Inn Road loops through the woods and over the meadow on Henry’s Hill.
  • The trails in Wayside Forest meander around a complex of wetlands (including vernal pools) and take advantage of old forest roads that SVT cleaned up after purchasing the property.

Directions

With mapping software, search for this address: 14 Wayside Inn Road, Framingham, MA

For directions from your home, visit Google Maps.

From the intersection of Edgell Road, Edmands Road, and Water Street in Framingham, go west on Edmands Road for 1.7 miles. Turn right onto Wayside Inn Road. Go 0.1 mile. The SVT sign for Henry’s Hill is on the left. Park on the left side of the road.

Nearby Nature Sightings

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A western tanager in Framingham, photographed by Eileen Aronson.
Eileen Aronson photographed this western tanager in Framingham.