Nobscot Scout Reservation Conservation Restriction, Sudbury
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.
The Nobscot Scout Reservation, a 452-acre property in Framingham and Sudbury, is devoted to the outdoor education of students as well as to religious and community youth groups. The property is owned by the Mayflower Council of the Boy Scouts.
For information about camping or facilities reservations, please contact the Mayflower Council.
While the Scouts own the entire property, the Town of Sudbury and the Sudbury Valley Trustees took a critical step toward preserving the land for youth education by purchasing a 303-acre conservation restriction (CR) on much of the Sudbury portion of the land. This will prevent the land from ever being developed, and it permanently protects a large expanse of valuable habitat in a highly developed area.
- Nobscot provides some of the best hills hiking and wilderness experiences in the SVT region.
- Views to Mt. Wachusett, Mt. Monadnock, and on a clear day, the Boston skyline, can be found along the trails, including from Tippling Rock, which is a prominent hilltop that stands at 410 feet in elevation.
- The Nixon Trail is named for Revolutionary War General John Nixon—a veteran of the Concord fight and Bunker Hill battle—who lived on the mountain for a time.
- Along Thirty Rod Road, a historical marker indicates the site of the 18th-century smallpox burial ground. Nearby are the cellar holes of the pest houses where patients were isolated.
- The reservation provides habitat for the eastern box turtle. These turtles primarily inhabit the woodlands and will use any open, sunny, sandy area for nesting in the spring.
- The reservation also provides habitat, including vernal pools, for the blue-spotted salamander.
With mapping software, search for this address: 1 Nobscot Road, Sudbury, MA
From Route 20 in Sudbury, take Nobscot Road south toward Framingham. Follow Nobscot Road for 1.1 miles. The entrance and parking area will be on your right.
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