Horse Meadows Knoll

A short loop is highlighted by beautiful views along a lily pad covered reservoir full of bird life where a visitor can look for sunning turtles and signs of beavers. A short climb brings you to the top and over a knoll. Wild columbine grows on rocky ledges and songs of scarlet tanagers and wood pewees highlight a summer walk. Connections allow further exploration to adjacent Harvard Conservation Trust and Boxborough Conservation Trust lands.

Full Description

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.

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.

Directions

With mapping software, search for this address: 45 Sherry Road, Harvard, MA

From Route I-495, take Exit 75. 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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Nearby Nature Sightings

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A green heron at Horse Meadows Knoll in Harvard, photographed by Jon Turner.
Jon Turner photographed this green heron at Horse Meadows Knoll in Harvard.
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An ovenbird at Horse Meadows Knoll in Harvard, photographed by Jon Turner.
Jon Turner photographed an overnbird and a family of wood ducks at Horse Meadows Knoll in Harvard.
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A mallard at Horse Meadows Knoll in Harvard, photographed by Jon Turner.
Jon Turner photographed a mallard, northern flickers, and a song sparrow at Horse Meadows Knoll in Harvard.