The protection of these lands provide a key connector between conservation areas in Berlin and Bolton to create a contiguous wildlife corridor and forest block totaling more than 1,150 acres! A walk along the Mountain Laurel Trail is highlighted by thick bushes of mountain laurel, with showy blossoms in early June. The land falls away steeply to the west. Look carefully for a peak of Wachusett Mountain through the trees after they’ve dropped their leaves in the fall. Continue to the north boundary at the Bolon Town line, where a trail continues west to Wattaquadock Pond at the Fyfeshire Conservation Area.
Peach Hill Conservation Area
The Peach Hill Conservation Area is an 80-acre forest block owned by the Town of Berlin. It is located off Lancaster Road and Peach Hill Road in north Berlin, abutting the town line with Bolton. SVT holds a conservation restriction on 30 acres of the forest that it help the town conserve in 2020.
Peach Hill sits just across Lancaster Road from the Forty Caves Conservation Area, and it abuts another 157 acres of conservation land in Bolton, including the Fyfeshire Conservation Area and two farms that are protected with APRs (agricultural preservation restrictions).
- The Mountain Laurel trail, marked with red paint blazes, starts at a forest road entrance on the east side of Lancaster Road and continues north to an intersection with a yellow-marked trail near the Bolton line. Turning right (east) will take you to Peach Hill Road.
- In the opposite direction, you can follow Bolton's yellow-marked trail to the Fyfeshire Conservation Area and Wattaquadock Hill Road.
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From the center of Berlin, head west on MA-62W (West Street), approximately 1.4 miles. Turn right on West Street and proceed approximately 0.3 mile. Turn right on Randall Road and continue approximately 0.4 mile. Bear left onto Lancaster Road and proceed approximately 0.8 mile. Parking is available in the wide shoulder on the left by the "Forty Caves and Peach Hill Conservation Areas" sign. The trail begins on the opposite (east) side of Lancaster Road and is marked by a "Peach Hill Conservation Area, Mountain Laurel Trail" sign.