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Spring Hill Conservation Land

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  • Strawberry Hill Access Trail

    Jay Lane, Acton, MA (map)

    42.493347 -71.403564

  • I will be at the parking lot by 3:45. I have a black Yaris. [masked]
  • Spring Hill is covered with a deciduous forest of mostly red and white oak, red maple, and black and white birch. A scattering of beech, larch, hemlock, and white pine are found throughout. On the forest floor a distinct community of ground covers and low-story vegetation exists. These include mosses, partridgeberry, princess pine, and several other members of the clubmoss family, all of which are indigenous to wet or heavily shaded areas. The under-story vegetation is dominated by high-bush blueberry and swamp azalea.

    The Hearthstone Hill Land, now an integral part of Spring Hill’s southeast corner, is a 49-acre parcel extensively covered with a hemlock swamp. The Strawberry Hill access trail, 1.0 mile in length, leads from the cul-de-sac at the end of Jay Lane, off Strawberry Hill Road, and skirts the swamp along its westerly edge. The trail, which follows a predominantly upland area through a spectacular stand of beech extending down into the hemlock lowlands, crosses a boardwalk in a low area before joining the main Spring Hill loop trail close to its main entrance. The entire Hearthstone Hill Land is contained within a rectilinear stone wall.

    Distance: 4.5 miles
    Tortoise time: About 2.5 hours
    Trail is mostly flat, with some ups and downs!
    Good for kids!

    Tortoise Caps!  All the cool kids are wearing them!  CLICK HERE!

    Please wear sturdy shoes or boots and wool socks.  Some of the land may be wet, so waterproof shoes are best. Bring a jacket and hat, bug spray, a snack and water.   Hike will go on in drizzle or fog - steady rain will cancel.

    Info and trail map HERE!

    We will meet at the Strawberry Hill access trail, off Jay Lane in Acton.  Parking is provided on Strawberry Hill Road opposite from Jay Lane.

    Read the disclaimer HERE!


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  • JCarter

    Love to do this, but it's hard for me get there before 4:30 w/o P.O.-ing the boss.

    May 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am a maybe... might be hiking Welch Dickey that day. If not, I'll join you. Will update my RSVP asap.

    May 15, 2013


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