The conservation areas Mount Grace owns comprise 1,700+ acres of diverse landscapes, including miles of trails that are open to the public. To make it easier for people to enjoy places like these, our stewardship team is creating a set of maps for our public trails, and has been upgrading the signage at our public conservation areas.
Mount Grace encourages all our members and neighbors to enjoy the thousands of acres we have worked together to protect, including:
- Arthur Iversen Conservation Area, Warwick: moderate 1.5-mile trail to Devil’s Washbowl & easy .2-mile trail to Rum Brook
- Fern Glenn, Winchendon: easy/moderate 1 mile loop heading up a steep talus slope at the start and then following stone walls sloping gradually back to the trailhead
- Fox Valley, Phillipston: easy/moderate 1.2-mile loop crossing Popple Camp Brook, prime songbird habitat in the 6-acre clearing near the trail kiosk
- Gifford Family Memorial Forest, Orange: easy .5-mile trail to the Senator Robert D. Wetmore Memorial Fishing Hole and along the West Branch of the Tully River
- Hidden Valley, Wendell: moderate 1.5-mile loop off of New England National Scenic Trail, includes Jerusalem Hill overlook, Lynne’s Falls
- Paul C. Dunn Woodland Preserve, Ashburnham: easy 1-mile loop along a glacial esker and through a managed woodlot
Red Fire Farm, Montague: two easy loop trails, a 1.1-mile tour of the farm and a 1-mile trip across the Sawmill River (some wading required) out to the bank of the Connecticut. Red Fire Farm is a working farm, so please follow the three farm rules:
- Please sign in before you begin your tour (at the pick your own station from June-October) and at the office all other months
- Please stay on the trails, which keep to the field edges, and do not walk among the crops
- Dogs are not allowed, for food safety
(PDFs to download are also at the bottom of the page)
And look for updated maps of our Skyfields Arboretum headquarters soon, and for maps of our two new accessible trails: at Alderbrook Meadows in Northfield and at the Royalston Eagle Reserve when the trails are completed next year!