Whitehall Woods, Hopkinton
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.
Whitehall Woods consists of varied terrain and habitat type including white pine-red oak forest with scattered pockets of red maple in lowland areas. A large vernal pool is located near the trail head.
- The trail at Whitehall Woods can be used to access the adjacent Wildlife Sanctuary and Upton State Forest and venture through Upton and into Grafton.
- A spur trail through a stand of very large pine trees leads out to Pond Street, where a short walk takes you to the trail head for Whitehall State Park, which surrounds Whitehall Reservoir. The reservoir is a part of a reserve of drinking water system for eastern Massachusetts and connects to a tributary of the Sudbury River.
- There is evidence of coyote and deer on the Whitehall Woods property. The vernal pool hosts wood frogs and peepers, and possibly other species as well.
- Birds here include scarlet tanager, chickadees, blue jay, and tufted titmice.
- Please note - dogs are not allowed on the adjacent state-owned Wildlife Sanctuary (see map).
Whitehall Woods is located at 203 Pond Street in Hopkinton. When you arrive, follow the entrance of a new subdivision road on the west side of Pond Street to a small gravel parking lot on the left side of the road. You will see a sign for "Whitehall Woods Trail, Connector to Upton Forest", and an entrance kiosk in front of the parking area. The trail proceeds from the kiosk.
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