Cedar Hill and Sawink Farm Reservation

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A view of the meadow on top of Cedar Hill.  Photo by Joyce Dwyer.
More than 2,225 acres of open space straddle the borders of Northborough, Westborough, Southborough, and Marlborough, making this site one of the most significant areas of open space in the SuAsCo River Watershed.
Natural features include red maple swamps, wooded drumlins, ponds, streams, wet meadows, agricultural fields, and plantation forests, as well as tributaries to both the Sudbury and Assabet Rivers. The size of this natural oasis is particularly remarkable as it is bounded by major transportation corridors including I-495 to the east, Route 9 to the south, Route 135 to the west, and ConRail track and Route 20 to the north, along with associated industrial and residential development. The properties are owned by a variety of state agencies as well as the Sudbury Valley Trustees. SVT protected 101 acres of Sawink Farm Reservation at the eastern border of Northborough and Westborough in 1992 and the 88-acre drumlin of Cedar Hill in Northborough in 1993. The Department of Conservation and Recreation owns Crane Swamp, Little Crane Swamp, and much of Walnut Hill, just north of Sawink Farm Reservation. Westborough State Hospital land extends from Lyman Street to Chauncy Pond, and the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife owns land which runs west to the Assabet River. This mosaic of different habitats provides for a rich array of plants and animals, including state-listed species, interior-sensitive forest birds, and species which need to range some distance throughout the year for survival. Indeed, the area has been cited as a Biodiversity Site in the SuAsCo Biodiversity Protection and Stewardship Plan. Furthermore, the protected watershed helps to preserve the public water supply for 2.5 million people. Existing and potential trails offer extensive passive recreational opportunities for residents and workers from the surrounding communities. These wildlife and human values will only increase in significance as population density increases in the years to come. Funding for the Crane Swamp Interpretive Trail was provided by REI and the Kodak American Greenways Awards Program.
Directions: 

Cedar Hill, Marlborough/Northborough

For the north entrance, take Route 495 to exit 23C (Simarano Drive exit). Continue to the lights at the end of the exit ramp. Take a left at the lights onto Simarano Drive. Continue to another set of lights and take a right onto Cedar Hill Street. Parking for the reservation is at 360 Cedar Hill Street. The entrance will be on your left across from Forest Street. There is ample parking, labeled with SVT signs, immediately on your right. A trail easement, marked by posts and SVT markers leads around the wetlands and to a kiosk behind the buildings.

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Sawink Farm, Westborough

From route 495 take the route 9 west exit 23B. Follow route 9 west approximately 1.1 miles to the route 30 east (E. Main St.) exit. Bear right onto East Main Street. Continue approximately 1 mile to Walker Street on the left. Turn left on Walker Street and continue down the hill to the SVT sign and a small parking lot on the left.

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Town/City: 
Northborough, Westborough, Southborough, and Marlborough
Size: 
2,225 acres