Horse Meadows Knoll, Harvard
May 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.
Our staff continues to maintain the trails during this crisis. If you encounter a hazard, such as a downed tree that is blocking a trail, please contact us at [email protected] or 978-443-5588.
SVT is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects land for the benefit of people and wildlife.
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.
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.
With mapping software, search for this address: 45 Sherry Road, Harvard, MA
From Route I-495, take Exit 28. Follow Route 111 north toward Harvard for about 0.6 mile. Turn right onto Littleton County Road and then immediately right onto Sherry Road and follow for approximately 0.4 mile to a small parking area on your left.
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