Venture into a rugged and remote tract of forested hills and wetlands at the edge of historic Tyringham Valley.
What makes McLennan Reservation a special place?
Round Mountain and its neighbor, Long Mountain, form the backdrop for the McLennan Reservation, nearly 600 acres of forested hills and wetlands at the southeastern end of Tyringham Valley. In the saddle between these 1,500-foot elevations lies Hale Pond, created when Camp Brook is periodically dammed by beavers.
From the entrance, a 1.5-mile trail follows the graceful rises and dips of this densely forested landscape before reaching the high plateau and Hale Swamp. The trail is moderate in difficulty, with some strenuous sections, but it pays off in striking views of unspoiled wilderness.
The reservation was once part of the Ashintully estate, whose gardens are located at the southern end of the valley and comprise another Trustees reservation: Ashintully Gardens.
1.5 miles of moderate hiking, strenuous in places.
When to Visit
Open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1.5 hours.
Tyringham and Otis, MA 01264
From Mass Turnpike (1-90), take Exit 2, Rt. 20 East. Take 1st right onto Rt. 102 West. Turn left onto Tyringham Rd. After 2.5 mi., continue onto Main Rd. After 3.7 mi., turn left onto Fenn Rd. (dirt road) and park along the road. Walk up Fenn Rd. 0.5 mi. to entrance.
When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1.5 hours.
Free to all.
Fees and Permits
Seasonal hunting is permitted at this property subject to all state and town laws. Learn more about hunting on Trustees properties.
Property Acquisition History
Gift, with endowment, of John S. McLennan in 1977, 1978, and 1991.
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:
At present, a downloadable trail map is not available for McLennan Reservation.
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:
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Advisory: Seasonal hunting is allowed on this reservation. See Regulations and Advisories at left for more information.