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Beverly & Boston, MA – September 5, 2014 – Fall foliage season draws visitors and locals alike to New England’s most spectacular natural settings – including Trustees properties throughout Massachusetts. Grab a friend or your family, pack a picnic and head out to one of these delightful leaf-peeping destinations, all less than a tank away and open to the public from sunrise to sunset. If you’re looking for an overnight jaunt, whether it’s a rustic camping experience or a luxurious night at a B&B, The Trustees has several options with seasonal specials. For more information about these Trustees leaf-peeping properties and places to stay call 978.921.1944 or visit www.thetrustees.org.
Appleton Farms & Grass Rides, Hamilton and Ipswich
Explore the farmstead and surrounding fields and woodlands of this 375-year-old working farm filled with magnificent color. Five miles of trails originally designed for horse-and-carriage lead through the Grass Rides.
Stavros Reservation, Essex
The salt marshes and surrounding landscapes of the North Shore flood with color each season. Enjoy an easy ascent to the coastal hilltop at Stavros and be rewarded with panoramic views of Crane Beach and the Essex River estuary. A great “firs leaf-peeping hike”, pack a picnic and enjoy the views!
Ravenswood Park, Gloucester
This family and dog friendly network of old carriage roads and woodland trails meanders through 600 acres. From the Ledge Hill Trial with magical fern-covered boulders to a trek to the overlook of Gloucester Harbor, Ravenswood Park offers the leaf-peeper an eyeful of color.
Weir Hill, North Andover
Ascend the Stevens Trail to a scenic overlook offering panoramic views across a colorful carpet of Merrimack Valley woodlands. On a clear day, you can see as far as New Hampshire’s Mount Monadnock.
Noanet Woodlands, Dover
From the summit of modest Noanet Peak, enjoy an unexpected view of the Boston skyline – and of healthy suburban woodlands in full foliage color. You can also walk 17miles of leaf-covered cart paths and trails on loop routes that return you to your starting point in one hour or four, depending on your plans.
Rocky Woods, Medfield
A quintessential destination for families, more than six miles of loop trail offer everything from easy loops to longer forays on carriage roads and cart paths through woods and wetlands and to the top of the 435-foot Cedar Hill. For more relaxed leaf-peeping, bring your fishing pole and picnic lunch and relax at Chickering Pond.
Turkey Hill, Hingham & Cohasset
The hilltop’s broad field offers vistas of South Shore woodlands and Massachusetts Bay. Enjoy the field’s fading goldenrod, the reds and oranges of maple and oak in the middle distance, and beyond, the blue ocean.
Bird Park, Walpole
The park’s fields, wooded hillsides, and ponds explode in color. Beeches lining the allée at the Polley Lane entrance glow orange-red, while massive oaks and catalpa trees rise above the playground in clouds of yellow and orange. The most showy are the sugar maples, red maples and yellow birch. These trees were part of the original park design.
Rock House Reservation, West Brookfield
Carter Pond becomes a kaleidoscope when the trees lining its shores reflect their seasonal colors in its surface. Located only a short walk from the parking lot, this is an ideal family destination.
Bryant Homestead, Cummington
The iconic estate boasts 150-foot evergreens, yellow-leaved birches, and a glen of old-growth trees. But the Homestead’s hallmark is its entrance allee of sugar maples blazing a brilliant red in the fall.
Bear Swamp, Ashfield
Follow the trail from the parking lot a few hundred yards to a serene Beaver pond, surrounded by maple, birch and other tree species showing off their colors. From the Apple Valley Overlook, enjoy a rainbow canopy of forest and to the north, the impressive Green Mountains of Vermont.
Bartholomew's Cobble, Sheffield
Boasting more forest types than anywhere else in Berkshire County, “Bart’s” foliage show is memorable. Climb the Tulip Tree trail to the top of Hurlburt’s Hill, settle onto a bench, and take in the Housatonic Valley vistas.
Peaked Mountain, Monson
Explore woods roads through a former working forest and trek to a summit that rewards with panoramic views from Mount Wachusett to Vermont’s Green Mountains.
Monument Mountain, Great Barrington
For more than 20,000 visitors a year, a hike to the top is an annual rite. Over three miles of trails leading through a white pine and oak forest with mountain laurel, hemlock, maple, and birch end with a “reward” of panoramic views of Southern Berkshire County from the summit.
Copicut Woods, Fall River
The forest is awash in color. Walk along 5.4miles of trails lined with oak, maple, beech and tupelo trees, all with leaves that range from scarlet to yellow to orange. Copicut’s 516 acres are an integral part of the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve, one of the largest unfragmented forests in eastern Massachusetts.
Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens, New Bedford
Experience leaf peeping in a whole new way at one of The Trustees’ newest properties, Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens, where t he extraordinary is common place. This former nursery and garden center that once brought the rich and famous to New Bedford in search of the rare and exotic boasts multiple gardens, cobblestone walkways and a Belgium block courtyard. Discover rare trees, including the Magnolia ashei with its large leaves, the weeping Katsura that smells like cotton candy in the fall, and the extensive collection of Japanese maples.
East Over Reservation, Marion
Hike through a brilliant canopy of scarlet, yellow and orange leaves from oak, maple, tupelo and beech trees that line miles of trails which traverse this former agricultural property. A magical way to experience the full force of nature up close, you’ll be sure to walk away with a bouquet of colorful leaves.
Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, Nantucket
The best way to view the changing colors of this reservation’s saltmarsh, moorland and forests is to take a tour with The Trustees. Imagine viewing a saltmarsh laced with light green and silver codgrass; 60 acres of mature oak woods and 400 acres of cedar trees; the Atlantic Ocean and Nantucket Sound from the top of Great Point Lighthouse. The moorland offers a carpet of maritime plants, including bayberry, huckleberry, roses, blueberry, lavender, beach plum, heather, and lichens, which all change color rapidly, creating a new and beautiful landscape almost daily.
The Inn at Castle Hill, Ipswich
Nestled in the heart of the spectacular 2,100-acre Crane Estate surrounded by pristine dunes, tidal estuaries, maritime forest and an award-winning beach, the Inn at Castle Hill is an unforgettable destination for fall peace and renewal. Just miles from some of the best leaf peeping on the North Shore, elegant rooms with breathtaking views, a warm and generous staff, and a hearty breakfast await you. Contact the Inn today to learn more about the Mid-Week Stay and Third Times a Charm Specials. 978.412.2555, www.innatcastlehill.org.
Tully Lake Campground, Royalston
Tully Lake Campground is your close-to-home wilderness getaway! A tent-only campground set along the shores of a 200-acre lake in Royalston Massachusetts, Tully Lake Campground showcases the best of New England fall foliage and outdoor recreation. Paddle up the picturesque Tully River, or explore the islands and inlets on the lake. Hike to tranquil overlooks and roaring waterfalls, or mountain bike the 7-mile loop around Long Pond. Fish off the campground banks or lounge in the refreshing shade of towering pine trees. Open through Columbus Day. For more information and reservations visit www.thetrustees.org/tullylake.
The Guest House at Field Farm, Williamstown
Featuring an unparalleled view of Mt. Greylock, Massachusetts' highest peak, the Guest House at Field Farm is a refreshing change from your usual bed & breakfast offering a unique and authentic modern art experience in spectacular natural surroundings. Situated in the heart of Field Farm’s 316 acres, the conserved land offers trails that through the patchwork landscape of cropland, pastures, mixed forest, marshes, and a stream and pond. The peace and quiet and colors of the Berkshires await you! Contact Field Farm today to learn about the Mid-Week Stay, Welcome Wednesdays and All-to-Yourself Berkshires specials, www.thetrustees.org/field-farm, 413.458.3135.
Dune's Edge Campground, Provincetown
Nestle among the pines at the tip of Cape Cod, experience the true and lasting beautify of legendary Old Cape Cod at Dune’s Edge Campground. A quiet, family campground with a quaint atmosphere, Dune’s Edges is bordered by The Cape Cod National Seashore where you can enjoy Cape Cod’s finest beaches for swimming, boating and fishing with Massachusetts fall colors as the backdrop. Open through Columbus Day. For more information and reservations visit www.thetrustees.org/dunesedge.
More about The Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) “hold in trust” and care for properties, or “reservations,” of irreplaceable scenic, historic, and natural significance for the general public to enjoy. Founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees is the world’s oldest land trust and one of Massachusetts’ largest conservation and preservation non profits. Supported by more than 100,000 members and donors and thousands of volunteers, The Trustees own and manage 112 spectacular reservations – from working farms and historic homesteads and landscaped gardens, to community parks, barrier beaches, mountain vistas and woodland trials – located on more than 26,000 acres throughout the Commonwealth. With hundreds of outreach programs, workshops, camps, concerts and events annually designed to engage all ages in its mission, The Trustees invite you to Find Your Place and get out and experience the natural beauty and culture our state has to offer. For more information, visit: www.thetrustees.org.