Peach Hill Conservation Restriction, Berlin
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.
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).
SVT stepped in to purchase and hold 30 acres of the land on behalf of the Town of Berlin while it sought grant funding for the purchase, which it completed in 2020. SVT now holds a CR (conservation restriction) on those 30 acres to ensure their protection in perpetuity. The Town combined that land with an adjacent 50 acres of conservation land it already owned to create the Peach Hill Conservation Area.
As part of the transaction, the Town of Bolton was given a small portion of the property (0.8 acres) that was situated in Bolton. This parcel adds to the Town of Bolton's Fyfeshire Conservation Area and allows its trail system to connect to Peach Hill Conservation Area.
The protection of these lands provide a key connector between conservation areas in the two towns to create a contiguous wildlife corridor and forest block totaling more than 1,150 acres!
SVT also assisted in creating new hiking trails at Peach Hill. 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.