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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.
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.