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Wander across more than 200 acres of forest and through a maze of thickets on a trail that traces a small brook and passes vernal pools and other wetlands.
What makes Dry Hill a special place?
This wooded reservation is part of a complex of rocky summits, ridgelines, and valleys that are known collectively as Dry Hill. It’s part of a larger landscape of contiguous forest that serves as critical habitat for large mammals as well as many species of woodland birds, including the black-throated blue warbler.
You can follow a mile-long loop trail that encircles a shallow stream, several vernal ponds, and a red maple and hemlock swamp with a diverse mix of ferns and herbs. An oak forest covers the upper slopes and ridge tops. Dense thickets of mountain laurel, which bloom in late June, alternate with more open areas featuring lowbush blueberry, sheep laurel, starflower, bellwort, and Canada mayflower.
1.5 miles of trails, generally moderate.
When to Visit
Open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1 hour.