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Jacobs Hill: fall vista

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Track peak foliage, daily color, and more at Yankee Magazine.

Get ideas for fall foliage drives, which pass by several Trustees reservations, at MassVacation.com.

With more than 100 special places to choose from, we’re sharing just a handful of spots where you can take in an eyeful of glorious color this fall. Let us know your favorite Trustees reservations for soaking in the season.

FIELD FARM, Williamstown – Amble along trails through broad fields, and enjoy memorable vistas of the Berkshires. Just across the valley, the state’s highest peak, Mount Greylock rises 3,491 feet. For a more intimate experience, visit the spring-fed pond where the surface reflects the changing hues of the surrounding landscape.

NOANET WOODLANDS, Dover – From the summit of modest Noanet Peak, enjoy an unexpected view of the Boston skyline – and of healthy suburban woodlands in full foliage color. You can also walk 17miles of leaf-covered cart paths and trails on loop routes that return you to your starting point in one hour or four, depending on your plans.

JACOBS HILL, Royalston – This quiet north-central Massachusetts reservation near the borders with New Hampshire and Vermont features Jacobs Hill, which offers singular views west to the Berkshire Hills. Follow two miles of trails past maples turning purple-red and yellow-leaved birch trees.

GREENWOOD FARM, Ipswich – From the long driveway, you’ll take in a coastal view of salt marsh, upland fields, and tree groves bright with color. Make your way to the Paine House and look for several large oak trees on the left, their leaves destined to create a crackly brown carpet on the grass – perfect for kicking through.

NORRIS RESERVATION, Norwell – Along the wide path leading from the parking lot, enjoy the green/gold contrast of evergreen and beech. At the mill pond, catch the reflection of water-side trees in the pond’s surface. Then watch for scarlet swamp maples in the wetlands, also home to winterberry, now sporting bright red berries.

 Let us know about your favorite leaf peeping spots!

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