Dexter Drumlin
Lancaster, MA
38 acres
Bird Watching Cross-country skiing/Snowshoeing Walking/Hiking (Easy) Picnicking

About Dexter Drumlin

Wander to a hilltop meadow offering fine views of historic Lancaster.

What makes Dexter Drumlin a special place?
As the last glacier moved across and scoured the New England landscape, it formed glacial drumlins (hills running parallel to the direction of the glacial flow) like Dexter Drumlin.

Today the Reservation is managed as a graceful, open meadow. A small tributary of the Nashua River runs along the western side of the hill. Grasses are allowed to grow tall to shelter ground-nesting birds and nurture other species. Dexter Drumlin offers views of historic Lancaster and its surrounding farmland and is a favorite spot for winter sledding.

A narrow mowed footpath traverses the crest of the hill and loops back along the stream to the entrance. Dexter Drumlin offers views of historic Lancaster and its surrounding farmland and is a favorite spot for winter sledding.  

A one-mile mowed footpath passes over the top of the drumlin and loops back to the entrance. Easy walking.

When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of ½ hour.

Regulations & Advisories

  • Dogs must be under voice control or kept on a leash at all times.

  • Horses are not allowed at Dexter Drumlin.

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.


George Hill Road
Lancaster, MA 01523
Telephone: 978.840.4446

Latitude: 42.447
Longitude: -71.687

Get directions on Google Maps.

From Rt. 2: Take Exit 35, Rt. 70 South 5.5 mi. through Lancaster Center. Turn right onto George Hill Rd. and continue 0.2 mi. to entrance and roadside parking on right.

From I-190: Take Exit 7 for Rt. 117 East 3.3 mi. Turn right onto Rt. 70 (Main St.), and proceed 1.8 mi. to George Hill Rd. 
Continue as above.


When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of ? hour.

FREE to all

Property History

Property Acquisition History
Bequest in 1999, with endowment, of Nathaniel T. Dexter.

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.

Maps and Resources

Printed trail maps are available for free from the bulletin board in the parking area. Please understand that supplies sometimes run out. We recommend that you download a trail map before you go. 

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

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About Hunting on Trustees of Reservations Land