This beautiful property on two sides of Battis Road abuts the 311-acre Merrimac Town Forest, where Cobbler’s Brook winds its way through mature woodlands and boggy wetlands on its way to the Merrimac River.
Footpaths lead visitors to views of a stunning beaver pond, as well as a heron rookery nestled in the Town Forest. Wildlife and wildflowers abound on this parcel, whose waters have been designated by the state for their rare species habitat.
This area of the town is entirely on well water and preserving the property further protects its drinking water.
Greenbelt worked with Merrimac’s fourth graders, that “future generation” that inspires much of our work, to name the property as part of their open space curriculum.
An already-permitted homesite on Battis Road had threatened development of this unspoiled, precious parcel. With funding from the Merrimac Open Space fund and private fundraising by Greenbelt, the property was conserved in two stages.
The first project in 2019 conserved 23 acres, and 15 acres on the other side of Battis Road were conserved separately in 2020. Greenbelt owns and manages the Town Forest addition, free and open to the public from dawn to dusk for hiking through protected woodlands.
Greenbelt's Stewardship Department is working with the Town of Merrimac to get the property ready for visitors with parking and trail improvements
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.