Round Hill, 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.
Round Hill is a drumlin, created during the last glacial period when a load of rocks and clay clogged the base of the ice so that it stopped moving. As the upper layers of ice retreated, they rode over this deposit and left it behind.
Purchased by SVT in 1964, the hill is now surrounded by other protected open space, more than 1,000 acres in all.
- At an elevation of 227 feet, Round Hill quickly rises about 100 feet above the surrounding terrain. The view from the top stretches for miles, taking in river, meadows, and rolling terrain, especially in winter.
- While you can reach the top in 2-3 minutes by the most direct path, take another 20 minutes to swing through wetland and forest before climbing the north side of the hill toward the fine view from the top.
- The granite bench at the summit is a memorial to Richard Foster, a prominent local birder and natural historian who frequently visited the site.
- A half-hour extension onto the adjacent Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge adds an enlightening tour of glacial features and a spectacular view of the Sudbury River. Please note: Trail policies for Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge are posted at its headquarters. Dogs are not allowed at Great Meadows.
- Although Round Hill was historically described as “cultivated to its top,” trees and shrubs have since grown up. Community gardens are now situated at the base of the hill along the north side of Lincoln Road, and the land on the south side is still under active agriculture as well.