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Bullitt Reservation Ashfield, MA
265 acres

About Bullitt Reservation

Let your eye drift across a broad swath of what was once cropland and pasture to the nearly unbroken forest canopy beyond.

Once a poor farm, and then later part of the country retreat of first U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union William C. Bullitt and his daughter Ann, this eye-pleasing blend of fields and farm buildings, mixed woodlands, and streams forms a crucial link in almost 3,000 acres of protected land.

Deer and bear are among the wildlife emerging from the forest to feed and frolic, while the fields nurture orchids and butterflies. This ecologically rich property also shelters state-protected species. Poland Brook and its feeder streams provide habitat for a variety of fish and freshwater insects and plants.

The Trustees are designing trails to both showcase the reservation and connect to a larger network of footpaths in Ashfield and beyond that lace this lovely part of the Pioneer Valley.

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

Renovating the Bullitt Farmhouse
Click here for a short slideshow of the Bullitt Farmhouse's Deep Energy Retrofit.

After the renovation was finished, we enlisted the help of our friends at Hilltown Tree and Garden to transform the outside of the building into an oasis of colorful berries, swaying grasses, stately trees, and wildlife-friendly plants. Click here to read more about the design of this sustainable native garden.

Regulations & Advisories

Seasonal hunting is permitted. Learn more about hunting on Trustees land.

Directions

Bullitt Road
Ashfield and Conway, MA 01330
Telephone: 413.628.4485
pvregion@ttor.org

Latitude: 42.502257
Longitude: -72.756001

Get directions on Google Maps.

From Points North: From I-91, Exit 25, take Rt. 116 West approx. 10 mi. through Conway and into Ashfield. Turn left onto Bullitt Rd., proceed approx. 1 mi. (pavement
turns to dirt) to driveway and white buildings on right where road turns sharply left. Note: Do not take North Poland Road to Bullitt Rd. It is an unmaintained road that is not passable for much of the year.

From Points South: From I-91, Exit 24, take Rt 5 North. After 1.1 mi., turn left onto Rt. 116 West. Follow approx. 10 mi. through Conway and into Ashfield. Follow
directions above from Bullitt Rd. Note: Do not take North Poland Road to Bullitt Rd. It is an unmaintained road that is not passable for much of the year.

Admission

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

Admission
FREE to all

Property History

Property Acquisition History

In March 2009, fulfilling the conservation vision of its former owner, Anne Bullitt, the William C. Bullitt Foundation generously donated 262 acres to The Trustees, who will care for and maintain the property, forever preserving it from development and establishing it as a new reservation to be enjoyed by the public.

This 262-acre parcel was part of the 365-acre former estate of Ambassador William C. Bullitt, and his daughter, Anne Bullitt. William C. Bullitt (1891–1967) was an American diplomat, journalist, and novelist, and is best known for his role as the first U. S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union and his service as the Ambassador to France, which began in 1936. Abundant with a mix of forests, fields and streams, which provide natural habitat for numerous wildlife and a diversity of species, the property was enjoyed as a summer home by the Bullitt family for many years. It was the wish of Anne Bullitt that the Bullitt property be conserved and the legacy of her father be carried on at the site for the community and future generations to enjoy. Thanks to the generosity and foresight of the Bullitt Foundation, 103 acres of the former estate had previously been preserved through a conservation restriction donated to The Trustees of Reservations in 2008.

Maps and Resources

You may download a trail map here.

Read the Bullitt Reservation sustainability brochure.



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 robert on: September 9, 2011
coincidentally, my son just posted a video of (mostly) Chapel brook falls and it ends with a shot of a gem studded puffball-see vimeo/elicatlin ("River")-enjoy



Submitted by robert on: September 8, 2011
I found many mushrooms, including a delicious Gem-studded puffball that I added to my lunch today!



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Announcements & Alerts

Listen to the new podcast about poor farms and the Bullitt Reservation!

Read about how history and future meet at the Bullitt Reservation in These Walls Can Talk by Jane Roy Brown.

Advisory: Authorized bow hunting is allowed on portions of this reservation. See Regulations and Advisories at left for more information.

Upcoming Things To Do
Tuesday, August 19
Yoga and Hiking Adventure


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Bullitt Reservation in the News

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Jan 3 – Mass Appeal