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West Newbury’s own emerald necklace – a 315-acre ribbon of protected open space and public trails that showcases the region’s natural beauty and rich cultural history. A network of protected properties provides an expansive and varied landscape that allows visitors to walk for hours on interconnected trails.
The Indian Hill Conservation Area features wetlands, open meadows full of wildflowers, woodlands with towering oaks and maples, and a legendary birding location known as “Warbler Alley.”
Its history spans from Native Americans to colonial settlers and twentieth-century farming families. Indian Hill Farm reached its heyday under the ownership of famed editor and newspaperman Major Ben Perley Poore, who was also a gentleman farmer and avid horticulturist. Visitors will find exceptional dry-stacked stone walls and cart paths that meander through the woods to this day.
Find woodland wetlands at the South Street Woodlots towering ancient hardwoods on Indian Hill Farm; grassland habitat full of summer wildflowers at the Atherton Reservation; and a successional field with goldenrod, juniper and choke cherry at the Ordway Reservation.
Migrant warblers and songbirds are abundant in spring, especially along the “warbler alley” section of Pikes Bridge Road. Look for raptors soaring above Indian Hill and waterfowl on the reservoir. Stop and listen from field edges at dawn and dusk in spring for the Woodcock courtship fight. Deer and turkey are common.
Indian Hill Conservation Area is composed of several reservations, including:
From Route 95/Exit 56/Scotland Road:
Go west on South Street. In 0.4 miles, turn right onto Indian Hill Street. Trailheads for Indian Hill and Atherton Trail Connector are 0.8 miles ahead on the left and right, respectively.
Park in the small lot at the entrance to the property on Indian Hill Street. Parking is limited to four cars.
82 Eastern Avenue, Essex,
Greenbelt is grateful to several professional and staff photographers whose work is featured prominently within our website.
Thank you Jerry Monkman / ecophotography.com, Lynne Holton, Kindra Clineff, Adrian Scholes and John Raleigh.