Chestnut Hill Farm
Southborough, MA
131 acres
Bird Watching Cross-country skiing/Snowshoeing Mountain Biking Not Permitted Walking/Hiking (Easy) Picnicking Dog Walking Not Permitted

About Chestnut Hill Farm

Explore scenic woodlands and rolling fields at this working farm, which was saved from development in the 1960s through the dedication of a local family.

At Chestnut Hill Farm, you can trek through 131 acres, past fields and pastures framed by stone walls , and enjoy grassland bird watching under the wide-open sky. Designated  bird reserves allow for safe nesting habitat for Bobolinks, Eastern Meadowlarks, and other ground nesting species.  Loop trails take you through upland forests and along the edges of freshwater wetlands. Or, follow the gentle cart-path from the parking area through fields of hay, alfalfa, and vegetables into woods dominated by oak, red maple, and white pine to the covered embankment of the Hultman Aqueduct, which provides a backup route for Boston’s water supply from the Quabbin and Wachusett Reservoirs. One of the last working farms in the town of Southborough, Chestnut Hill Farm is a living tribute to the town’s rich agricultural past.

In 2006, townspeople in Southborough overwhelmingly voted to purchase a conservation restriction on the unprotected portions of Chestnut Hill Farm. It is thanks to this vision and to the generosity of the Beals family that The Trustees are able to take over the care and protection of this community treasure today.
In 2015, The Trustees began a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program at Chestnut Hill Farm, accompanied by educational and recreational opportunities for visitors.  A small, rustic seasonal farmstand is open to the public several days a week and features local honey from the farm’s beehives along with farm fresh vegetables and fruits.

Trails
Two miles of trails. Easy walking. Please remember that this is a working farm landscape. Please stay on marked trails and away from any equipment or livestock that you may see. Fences should be presumed to be electrified. Dog walking, horseback riding, motorized vehicles and mountain biking are not permitted on the property.
 
When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1 hour.

 

 

 

Regulations & Advisories

  • Deer ticks may carry Lyme Disease.

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

Chestnut Hill Road
Southborough, MA 01772
Telephone: 508.785.0339
E-mail charlesrivervalley@thetrustees.org

Latitude: 42.309942
Longitude: -71.554958

Get directions on Google Maps.

From I-495: Take Exit 23A for Route 9 East. Follow for approx. 2.3 mi., then take a right-hand ramp to bear North on Rt. 85 (Cordaville Rd.). Follow 1.2 mi., then turn left on Rt. 30 West (Main St.). Follow 1.2 mi., then turn right onto Chestnut Hill Rd. The parking area is on the right side of the road in the field past the collection of white houses and outbuildings.

Admission

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

Admission
FREE to all

Property History

Property Acquisition History
In 2006, townspeople in Southborough overwhelmingly voted to purchase a conservation restriction on the unprotected portions of Chestnut Hill Farm. It is thanks to this vision and to the generosity of the Beals family that The Trustees are able to take over the care and protection of this community treasure today.

Programs

Click here to learn more about our Summer in the Valley Photo contest.

Community Supported Agriculture

CSA Shares available now! Choice of two basket sizes and three pickup days, our program offers a large variety of vegetables (some fruits) and herbs in a market-style, fill-your-basket share style. There will be plenty of your favorite vegetables plus some new and exciting ones to experiment adding to your culinary repertoire. 

Learn more and sign up today >

Maps and Resources

Printed trail maps are distributed free from the bulletin board in the parking area. Please understand that supplies periodically run out. 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 of Reservations Land

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.


Submitted by Eric on: July 22, 2012
we had a nice walk, however the donation box is currently occupied with a large hornet nest.



Submitted by Alan on: August 11, 2011
I have enjoyed snowshoeing the Chestnut Hill Farm in Southboro, but I was disappointed today when I arrived with my dogs to discover that no dogs are allowed. Would you consider removing that restriction? It's a beautiful property that is little used. Thank you.



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