A shorter hike for an October afternoon.
A loop trail takes us through some interesting conservation land in Acton. We may see what is nearly a climax forest with its mix of ash, hickory, beech, sugar maple, and red and white oak and a habitat for nesting bird species such as scarlet tanagers, red-eyed vireos, redstarts, ovenbirds and several species of owls. In addition, we will summit Great Hill, the highest point in Acton at 350 feet! Wow! We will also take a short detour to see another interesting feature near the Piper Road wetlands area - a bowl-shaped depression in a natural outcrop of bedrock. This stone artifact is thought to have been an Indian grinding stone, a theory that is supported by the presence nearby of an intermittent stream that would have been useful in the preparation of grain for the grinding process.
Distance: About 2.5 miles
Tortoise time: About 1.5 hours
Elevation gain: Minor...highest point is 350'
Please wear sturdy shoes or boots and wool socks. Some of the land may be wet, so waterproof shoes are best. Bring a jacket, bug spray, a snack and water. Days are getting shorter, so please carry a flashlight or head lamp. Hike will go on in drizzle or fog - steady rain will cancel.
INFO and MAP HERE
DIRECTIONS: The Information Kiosk is located at the junction of Main St (Rte 27) and Prospect St in Acton. There is a sign and parking. The approximate street address is 215 Main St.