Enjoy Scavenging the Town forest

by beth on May 28, 2020

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Above: The Stewardship Committee invites you to hunt (with your eyes) for something that crawls in the forest or to chill out on a bench in the Wildlife Habitat and “listen to a frog symphony”.

The Southborough Stewardship Committee is again encouraging the public to walk the Town Forest Trails. This time, they’re adding a little fun to the walk, especially for kids.

The committee created a Scavenger Hunt list appropriate for the habitat. It asks participants to carefully observe surrounding for items like lichens, bat boxes, and animal’s homes. You can open the two page flyer here. If you don’t feel like hunting, you might be interested in their invitation to checkout the abutting trail with a Wildlife Habitat.

For a trail map that covers the Town Forest and the Turenne Wildlife Habitat, click here.

The committee issued this announcement along with the hunt flyer:

Please join the Stewardship Committee with their first ever Scavenger Hunt at the Town Forest!

This is a great opportunity to explore and discover new trails and open space. Besides Breakneck Hill, the Stewardship Committee also maintains the Town Forest just across the street on Woodland Road. Download the document at the bottom and either keep it handy on your phone or print it out (one double sided piece of paper). A trail map for the area can also be found here. Want to take pictures or tell us about your adventures? Send an email to mdanza@southboroughma.com to share with the Committee!

The Trails [Committee] explains: The Southborough Town Forest is approximately 54.50 acres and offers a network of trails including the historic Bay Path trail that connects Walnut Drive to Woodland Road and abuts the Turenne Wildlife Habitat maintained by SVT. There is a pond with a wooden bench overlooking the water. A perfect spot to pause and observe wood ducks, listen to a frog symphony, or view other wildlife.

The forest is relatively young, consisting of oak, hickory, american chestnut, black/gray/white birch, and white pine. There is parking at a small trailhead off Walnut Drive. This trailhead can be accessed by driving down Walnut Drive and continuing straight where Walnut veers left. This dirt road doubles as a drive way, but if you continue past the house on your left you will arrive at the trailhead that will support 1-3 small cars.

The trails can also be accessed from Woodland Road. There is room for 1-3 cars to park on the shoulder of Woodland Rd. and 1-2 cars at the end of Kidder Lane (paved spaces) with a small walk to the side trail with the granite post and wood stairs. The Town Forest is a great location for walking, trail running, dog walking, and showshoeing. You may see turkeys, hawks, wood ducks, deer and various species of birds while you enjoy these trails.

For additional trails in Southborough, please visit the Trails Committee website by following this link.

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