Wander the gentle slopes of this 500-foot hill overlooking the Connecticut River Valley and discover a variety of natural delights.
Old cart paths and woods roads reveal the farming and logging past of this sloping woodland that rises between the energetic college community of Amherst and the broad Connecticut River in the historic village of North Hadley.
Vernal pools shelter and nurture an array of animal and plant species. Come spring, look and listen for frogs and salamanders that emerge to reproduce in these seasonal wetlands.
Ascend through oak, beech, and other hardwoods(and examine their trunks for the nesting cavities of birds and small mammals). Evergreen groves begin further upslope.
Admired and appreciated by locals and visitors alike, Mount Warner stands amid a 500-acre swath of protect land linking nearby Lake Warner to the Connecticut River and other conservation treasures.
When to Visit
Open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1.5 hours.
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.
Mount Warner Road
North Hadley, MA 01035
Get directions on Google Maps.
From Points North: Take I-91 South to Exit 20. Turn left onto Damon Road and follow for 1.0 miles. Turn left onto Route 9 (Russell Street) East and follow for approximately 2 miles. Turn left onto Route 47 North and follow for approximately 3 miles and turn sharply right onto Mt. Warner Road. Travel less than 1 mile to reservation on your left.
From Points South: Take I-91 North to Exit 19. Take Route 9 (Russell Street) East and follow for approximately 2 miles. Turn left onto Route 47 North and follow for approximately 3 miles and turn sharply right onto Mt. Warner Road. Travel less than 1 mile to reservation on your left.
When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1.5 hours.
FREE to all
Mount Warner, a high point sitting in the plain of the Connecticut River, was likely once an island in glacial Lake Hitchcock. Artifacts consisting of sharp points that would have been fastened to the ends of sticks to create spears to be used for hunting (arrowheads) suggest the presence of the Abenaki tribe of Native Americans on Mt. Warner throughout much of the past eight thousand years. European settlement of the area occurred in the mid 1600s and there are various signs of agricultural use on Mt Warner over the past 200 years.
Property Acquisition History
Mount Warner was lovingly owned for generations by the Scott and Agassiz family. Lou and Jessie Agassiz’s daughter, Carolyn Hays, together with community support, entrusted its care to The Trustees to preserve its beauty for everyone, forever.
Mount Warner provides important forest habitat within the central Connecticut River Valley which is primarily agricultural or developed land. The property lies approximately 5 miles south of Mount Toby and 4 miles north of the Holyoke Range. The property provides habitat for a variety of wildlife species including coyote, black bear, deer, chipmunk, fisher, raccoon, salamander and wood frog. A variety of common woodland birds have been observed at Mount Warner as well as pileated woodpecker and barred owl. Overall the property is covered with a second-growth mixed conifer-hardwood forest (oak-hemlock-white pine forest). Hemlock dominates along some depressions on the western side, while white pine is scattered throughout the lower slopes. A mix of hardwoods including oak (red, black, white), black birch, hickory (pignut, shagbark), red and sugar maples, black cherry, and white ash occur on the property. The summit is dry and dominated with hardwoods and includes an understory of ericaceous shrubs (mountain laurel, huckleberry, partridgeberry, trailing arbutus). Moister soil conditions occur on the lower slopes with some perennial and intermittent wetland areas. Several substantial vernal pools are on the property.
Printed trail maps are distributed free from bulletin boards in parking areas. Please understand that supplies periodically run out. We suggest you download a trail map before 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:
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Before Setting Out
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Our challenge to get out and hit the trails. Hike 125 miles between May 21 & December 31 and be entered to win prizes.
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Dogs must be on leash and on trail at all times.
Hunting is prohibited.