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Amherst Conservation Areas

Following is a list of Amherst Conservation Areas. Trail Maps are available by clicking here.

Amethyst Brook Conservation Area – Established in 1988, Amethyst Brook encompasses a total of 44 acres.  The Robert Frost Trail runs through the conservation area.   Parking is located off of Pelham Rd.

Dakin Lyman Conservation Area – Established in 1997, Dakin Lyman encompasses a total of 28 acres. There is a connection to State Trail.   Parking and trail access is from Mechanic Street Ext.

 

Applewood Conservation Area – Established in 1994, Applewood encompasses approximately six acres and is home to the Orchard Arboretum.  Parking is available from Spencer Drive, off West Bay Rd.

Eastman Brook Conservation Area – Established in 1982, Eastman Brook encompasses a total of 56 acres. Connections to Ellaworth Barnard Trail and Robert Frost Trail.   Parking and trail access from Leveret Road via Robert Frost Trail.

Atkins Flats Conservation Area – Established in 1989, Atkins Flats encompasses a total of 55 acres. The local trail connects to the Robert Frost Trail.   Parking is available from South East St.

Elf Meadow Conservation Area – Established in 1973, Elf Meadow encompasses a total of 26 acres. Connection to Joseph Langland Trail.   Trail access and parking at Hulst Road.

Baby Carriage Conservation Area – Established in 1973, Baby Carriage encompasses approximately 1.2 acres. There is local trail access and limited parking available from South East St.
 

Fortier Conservation Area – Established in 1994, Fortier Conservation Area encompasses a total of 25 acres. Trail access from Bay Road.

 

Bayberry Conservation Area – Established in 1996, Bayberry encompasses approximately 6 acres. It is connected to Amethyst Brook by the Robert Frost Trail along Ward St.   Parking is located off of Pelham Rd. at the Amethyst Brook Conservation Area.

Gralenski Farm Conservation Area – Established in 1993, Gralenski Farm encompasses a total of 6 acres. Connection to K.C. Trail.  Parking and trail access from Mt. Holyoke Drive.

 

Brickyard Conservation Area – Established in 1994, Brickyard encompasses a total of 89 acres. KC Trail access is available from the Norwottuck Rail Trail along with connection to the Wentworth Farm Area and Kiwanis Park.   Parking is available from South East St and Norwottuck Rail Trail and at Mill Lane.

Guliver Conservation Area – Established in 1992, Guliver Farm encompasses approximately 9 acres. The conservation area is designated as wildlife habitat, there is no parking area or hiking trails.  

Cider Mill Pond Conservation Area – Established in 1996, Cider Mill Pond encompasses approximately 20 acres. There is a connection to the Walt Whitman Trail and the King’s Reserve Area.   Parking is located on High Point Drive.

Gull Pond Conservation Area – Established in 1993, Gull Pond encompasses 4 acres and is designated as wildlife habitat, there is no parking area or hiking trails.

Cushman Conservation Area – Established in 1996, The Cushman Conservation area encompasses a total of 31 acres.  The area is designated wildlife habitat, there is no parking area or hiking trails.

Harkness Brook Conservation Area – Established in 1982, Harkness Brook encompasses 26 acres. Connection to the Robert Frost Trail.  Trail access is from Harkness Road.



Hart Farm Conservation Area – Established in 1989, Hart Farm encompasses almost 11 acres and is designated wildlife habitat, there is no parking area or hiking trails.

 

Larch Hill Conservation Area – Established in 1973, Larch Hill encompasses a total of 13 acres. Contains extensive local trail network and connection to North Larch Hill area.   Parking is located at the Hitchcock Center from South Pleasant St.

 

Haskins Meadow Conservation Area – Established in 1988, Haskins Meadow encompasses a total of 29 acres. Contains a portion of the Eugene Field Trail.   Parking and trail access is on East Leveret Rd.

 

Lawrence Swamp Conservation Area – Established in 1997, Lawrence Swamp encompasses a total of 401 acres. The Robert Frost Trail and the Jan Disard Trail both run through the conservation area.   Parking is located on Station Road, Warren Wright Road, and South East St.

 

Hawley Swamp Conservation Area – Established in 1971, Hawley Swamp encompasses a total of 2 acres and is designated wildlife habitat, there is no parking area or hiking trails.

 

Leslie Farm Conservation Area – Established in 1993, Leslie Farm encompasses a total of 9 acres. Contains the K.C. Trail.   Parking is located on Middle Street and Holst Rd; access from South East St.

 

Holyoke Range Conservation Area – Established in 1999, Holyoke Range encompasses a total of 180 acres. Contains trail head to K.C. Trail, and connects to the Robert Frost Trail, Metacomet & Monadnock Trail and Water Tower.   Access from Bay Rd.

 

Longley Swamp Conservation Area – Established in 1984, Longley Swamp encompasses approximately 2 acres and is designated as wildlife habitat, there is no parking area or hiking trails.

 

Hop Brook Conservation Area – Established in 1985, Hop Brook encompasses a total of 4 acres. Contains trail head access to K.C. Trail.   Parking on Valley View Drive and trail access from South East St.

 

Lower Fort River Conservation Area – Established in 1971, Lower Fort River encompasses a total of 11 acres. Contains Literary Trail (Emily Dickenson?).   Parking is available at Groff Park and Crocker Farm School.

 

Katherine Cole Conservation Area – Established in 1974, Katherine Cole encompasses a total of 30 acres. Parking and access from adjacent property from Sunderland Rd. and Rt. 116.

 

Lower Mill River Conservation Area – Established in 1975, Lower Mill River encompasses a total of 53 acres. The Robert Frost Trail runs through the conservation area and Literary Trail.   Parking is located Puffers Pond and Mill River Recreation Area.

 

King’s Reserve Conservation Area – Established in 1996, King’s Reserve encompasses approximately 14 acres.  Contains Walt Whitman Trail.   No Parking – trail access from cider Mill Area from Flat Hills Road; Borders the Town of Shutesbury.

 

Markerts Pond/Pondview Conservation Area – Established in 1971, Markerts Pond/Pondview encompasses approximately 5 acres.  Local trail loops around pond and mown recreation field.   Parking is located on Pondview Drive.

 



Mt. Castor Conservation Area – Established in 1963, Mt. Castor encompasses a total of 13 acres. Contains a portion of the K.C. Trail and links to Hop Book Area.   Trail access from Valley View Drive.

 

Podick Conservation Area – Established in 1971, Podick encompasses a total of 62acres. Contains local trails, the Noah Webster Trail and a connection to Katherine Cole Area; also contains community gardens.   Parking and access from adjacent property from Sunderland Rd and Rt. 116.

 

Mt. Pollux Conservation Area – Established in 1963, Mt. Pollux encompasses a total of 23 acres.  Contains local trail.   Parking is located on South East St., with trail access from Middle Street and South East St.

 

Poor Farm – Established in 1993, Poor Farm encompasses a total of 7 acres. Both the Jan Disard Trail and the Robert Frost Trails run through the conservation area.   Parking is located on Station Roan, Warren Wright Road and South East St.

 

North Larch Hill – Established in 1975, North Larch Hill encompasses a total of 6 acres.  Contains Bob McClung Trail.   Parking is located at Larch Hill Area and trail access from Hillcrest Place.

 

Puffers Pond Conservation Area – Established in 1995, Puffers Pond encompasses a total of 30 acres. The H.H. Jackson Trail and the Robert Frost Trail both run through the conservation area.   Swimming and beach area.  Parking and trail access from State Street and Mill Street.

 

North Plum Brook Conservation Area – Established in 1993, North Plum Brook encompasses a total of 36 acres. Contains the K.C. Trail, trail access from Gralenski Area, adjacent to Westover Meadow Area and connection to South Plum Brook area via K.C. Trail.   Parking Plum Brook Recreation Area; trail access from Shays Street, Crocker Farms School, Mt Holyoke Drive (Gralenski Area), Pomeroy Lane, and Potwine Lane.

 

Ramsay Steigner Conservation Area – Established in 1991, Ramsay Steigner encompasses a total of 2 acres and is designated as wildlife habitat, there is no parking area or hiking trails.

 

Parsons Knoll Conservation Area – Established in 1991, Parsons Knoll encompasses a total of 4 acres.  Contains local trails, with connection to Eastman Brook Area, Ellsworth Barnard Trail and Robert Frost Trail.  No adjacent parking areas.

 

Robert K. Patterson / Cherry Lane Conservation Area – Established in 1999, Robert K. Patterson/Cherry Lane encompasses a total of 65 acres and is designated as wildlife habitat, there is no parking area or hiking trails.

 

Plum Springs Conservation Area – Established in 1984, Plum Springs encompasses approximately 33 acres. Contains local trails and a portion of the K.C. Trail.   Parking is located off Chapel Rd; trail access from K.C. Trail at Middle Street, Blossom Lane and South East Street with connection to Leslie Farm Area.

 

Rodman-Gatti Conservation Area – Established in 2003, Rodman-Gatti encompasses a total of 1 acre and is designated as wildlife habitat, there is no parking area or hiking trails.

 



Rolling Ridge Conservation Area – Established in 1993, Rolling Ridge encompasses almost 2 acres and is designated as wildlife habitat; there is no parking area or hiking trails.

 

Sweet Alice Conservation Area – Established in 1992, Sweet Alice encompasses a total of 44 acres. Contains local hiking trails.   No parking area available.

 

Salem Conservation Area – Established in 1989, Salem encompasses approximately 7 acres and is designated as wildlife habitat, there is no parking area or hiking trails.

 

Upper Fort River Conservation Area – Established in 1988, Upper Fort River encompasses a total of 14 acres. Contains local hiking trails.   Parking is available at Kiwanis Park.

 

Simmons Farm Conservation Area – Established in 1990, Simmons Farm encompasses a total of 14 acres. The K. C. Trail runs through the conservation area.   Parking area not available at this time.

 

Upper Mill River Conservation Area – Established in 1995, Upper Mill River encompasses a total of 39+ acres. The Robert Frost Trail runs through the conservation area.   Parking is located at Puffer’s Pond or Mill River Recreation Area.

 

Skillings Path Conservation Area – Established in 1969, Skillings Path encompasses a total of 0.69 acres. Contains a local trail.   Parking is located at Middle School and trail access is from North Whitney Street and High Street.  Adjacent to Middle School.

 

Wentworth Farm Conservation Area – Established in 1990, Wentworth Farm encompasses a total of 86+ acres. The K. C.  Trail runs through the conservation area.   Parking is at Stanley Street and Old Farm Road.

 

Slobody Farm Conservation Area – Established in 1969, Slobody Farm encompasses a total of 76 acres. Contains the Arnold Kenseth Trail and a connection to Norwottuck Rail Trail.   Parking is located Station Road and trail access is from Station Road and Norwottuck Rail Trail parking area.

 

Westover Meadow Conservation Area – Established in 2005, Westover Meadow encompasses a total of 12 acres and is designated as wildlife habitat, there is no parking area or hiking trails.

 

Smith Conservation Area – Established in 2007, Smith encompasses a total of 3+ acres and is designated as wildlife habitat, there is no parking area or hiking trails.

 

Wildwood Conservation Area – Established in 1987, Wildwood encompasses a total of 49 acres. Contains local hiking trails.   Parking is available on Olympia Drive.

 

(South) Plum Brook Conservation Area – Established in 1980, South Plum Brook encompasses a total of 43+ acres. The K. C. Trail runs through the conservation area.   No parking area available.