West Newbury, Massachusetts
Total Acreage: 32 acres
Years Conserved: 1990/1995/1996/2007
The 32 acre South Street Woodlots* combines four contiguous parcels of land in West Newbury:
Cherry Hill Reservoir – 10 acres, conserved 199
Walker Woodland – 7 acres, conserved 1995
Hilchey Woodlot – 4 acres conserved 1996
Moseley Woodlot – 11 acres, conserved 2007
The area consists of thick vegetated wetlands and beautiful wooded uplands dominated by red oak, white oak, American beech and white pine. Many of the trees are 100 plus years old, resulting in a dense canopy and open ground level. Common wildlife are white-tailed deer, wild turkey, coyote, fox and more.
A half mile long trail with 3 boardwalks leads you through the area, starting at the parking area on South Street.
Greenbelt conserved these parcels over a 20-year span and we continue to focus land conservation efforts on abutting parcels.
There's a geocache here! Learn more here.
*The new Greenbelt Guide book incorrectly lists South Street Woodlots as handicap accesible. Due to the narrow width of the boardwalk, this site is not wheelchair accessible.
These old woodlots are well bounded by stone walls, harkening back to a time 100+ years ago or more when these areas were primarily pastureland. Now, you will encounter numerous impressive specimens of oaks, beech and pines. There are some wonderful rock outcroppings and a spot along the trail that offers a great view over a large open wetland.
Park parallel to South Street in the 2-3 car pull-off parking area.
Parking GPS Location
From Route 95/Exit 56/South Street
Go west on South Street. Trailhead and parking are 0.75 miles ahead on the right. Space for 2-3 cars.