Dry Hill
New Marlborough, MA
206 acres
Bird Watching Cross-country skiing/Snowshoeing Hunting Mountain Biking Not Permitted Walking/Hiking (Moderate) Picnicking

About Dry Hill

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.

Trails
1.5 miles of trails, generally moderate.

When to Visit
Open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1 hour.

Regulations & Advisories

  • Seasonal hunting is permitted, subject to all state and town laws. In addition, a Trustees of Reservations permit is required. Call 413.298.3239 x3020 for information. Wear bright colors when hiking during the November-December deer hunting season; avoid wearing or carrying anything that is white. Learn more about hunting on Trustees properties.

  • Mountain biking is not allowed.

  • Dogs must be kept on leash at all times.

The Trustees reserves the right to photograph or video visitors and program participants for promotional use, and usage of our properties implies consent. Find the full policy here.

Directions

Old North Road (Harmon Road)
New Marlborough, MA 01230
Telephone: 413.298.3239
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

Latitude: 42.1330
Longitude: -73.2250

Get directions on Google Maps.

From Great Barrington, follow Rt. 23 East 4 mil. At the intersection of Rts. 23 and 57 in Monterey, follow Rt. 57 East for 5.5 mi. to New Marlborough Center. Turn left onto New Marlborough-Monterey Rd., follow for 0.6 mi., and bear left onto Old North R. (unmarked; also called Harmon Rd.). Proceed 0.1 mi. to entrance and parking (8 vehicles) on left.

Admission

When to Visit
Open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1 hour.

Fees and permits
FREE to all. On-site donation welcome.

Property History

The land which is now the Dry Hill Reservation was once part of a farm. Logging and marble quarrying also took place here; much of the stone was used locally for building foundations.

Prior to The Trustees' acquisition in 2000, the land which is now Dry Hill was part of a larger parcel of 388 acres owned by Sydney and Jeanne Weinstein of New Marlborough. They used this property to operate a private school, the New Marlborough Academy, a campus of the Kolburne School in the southern part of town.

Property Acquisition History
Original acreage a gift of Sydney and Jeanne Weinstein combined with land purchased in 2000.

Conservation and Stewardship

Management Planning for Our Properties
 


Since 1891, The Trustees of Reservations have worked to protect special places in Massachusetts and maintain them to the highest standards. To ensure these standards are met, a program of careful planning and sound management is essential. Comprehensive property management plans are created for each reservation and are completely updated approximately every ten years. We often work with volunteers, property users, and members of the community to carry out this planning, which typically involves several steps:
 


  • Describing in detail the site’s natural, scenic, and historical resources; identifying management issues related to the protection of those resources. 

  • Describing how visitors use the property; outlining the opportunities that the property provides for people to become involved in the work of conservation and caring for their community.

  • Developing a detailed list of management recommendations, a work plan, and a description of financial needs for implementing the actions.

  • Developing a prescribed routine management program for the reservation that will guide staff work plans, volunteer involvement, and the allocation of human and financial resources.


View Dry Hill management plan.

Maps and Resources

We recommend that you download a trail map before you visit.



Planning Your Visit

Before You Go
We encourage you to visit as many Trustees properties as you can.

Wherever your travels take you, please observe all posted regulations, follow special instructions from property staff, and keep in mind the Stewardship Code:

  • Protect wildlife and plants.
  • Guard against all risk of fire.
  • Help keep air and water clean.
  • Carry out what you carry in.
  • Use marked footpaths and bridle paths.
  • Leave livestock, crops, and machinery alone.
  • Respect the privacy of neighboring land.
  • Enjoy and share the landscape with others.

Click on links below for further visitor information:

Before Setting Out

Enjoying Trustees Reservations

Safety

About Hunting on Trustees Reservations

Tell Us What You Think

We’d love to hear about your visit! Here are three easy ways to let us know what you think:

  1. Take our visitor survey. If you have a question for us, you can ask us in the survey and we’ll get back to you.

  2. Post a comment about your visit on our Facebook page.

  3. Share your experiences with other visitors on our website. Simply fill out the form below, and we’ll post your comment right here on this page.





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