Moose Hill Farm
GOOD FOR: All Ages
RATING: (1)


Source:Outdoors with Kids Boston (AMC Books)
Address:396 Moose Hill Street, Sharon, MA
Hours:Dawn to dusk daily
Fee: Adults, $4; children under age 12 and Trustees of Reservations members, free
Contact:

thetrustees.org; 781-784-0567

Bathrooms: None
Water/Snacks: None
Map:

Moose Hill Farm has about 5 miles of trails ranging from meadows to pastures to woodlands. The farm’s highest point offers unbeatable views of Boston.

Two girls are off and running on a Trustees of Reservations nature quest.
Photo by: Kim Foley MacKinnon

A fun way to explore this Trustees of Reservations property with kids is by doing the Rooms in Time quest (available at the information box at the parking lot). Rhyming clues and a map lead to a hidden treasure box and tell the story of Moose Hill Farm, which served as an agricultural site as early as the 1600s. The farm was the Kendall family estate for generations. At one point, fields were cleared by ox, then were home to sheep and, later, dairy cows. The quest takes a little over an hour and covers the entire property.

Today as you hike about, you’ll see evidence of the property’s past—cellar holes, stone walls, and open fields. Many of the trails link to the adjacent Mass Audubon Moose Hill Sanctuary. From the parking lot, take Old Farm Trail (red blazes). You’ll see a sign directing you to branch off to the left to get to the Moose Hill fire tower, where the elevation is 466 feet. If you stay on Old Farm Trail, it will lead to hillside hay fields for the great view of Boston. Visit when snow covers the ground and you’ll find peaceful snowshoeing opportunities.

If you’re lucky, you might see wild turkeys and white-tailed deer, which feed on the few American chestnut trees present here. This tree, once ubiquitous in the east, was nearly wiped out by a black fungus blight, which began in the early 1900s.

Remember: You can bring a dog if you have registered for the Trustees of Reservations’ Green Dogs program, which is free for members.

Plan B:

Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary (Trip 55), a Mass Audubon property, is just next door.

Where to Eat Nearby:

Take MA 27 back to Walpole, where restaurants and take-out spots are near the intersection of MA 27 and Main Street.



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TRIP COMMENTS

By: kduncanmooney
Posted: 10/15/2012 16:24
Rating:

Took Old Farm Trail with two toddlers this weekend. The varied terrain was great--the kids could run around in the nicely mowed grass of the field section, and were happy riding in hiking backpacks for the rockier (but still flat) section through the woods.

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