The Walkup Reservation is an island of protected land in a sea of commercial development. The property includes mixed hardwood and conifers and old pasture uplands, an open field with wet meadow, a wooded wetland with vernal pools, and a small pond.
The broad, straight trail that crosses the property is the old right-of-way for the Boston-Worcester trolley line that opened in 1903 and was abandoned in 1931. Trails loop north and south from this central spine. A footbridge crosses a cattle pass created so that livestock could travel freely from one pasture to another, crossing below the trolley line. The land was first cleared for farming more than 300 years ago. Much of the land was later allowed to revert to woods. The land that was left open was mainly used to raise hay and pasture cows from the 1800s to the time of Mr. Walkup’s death in 1980. In all, four generations of Mr. Walkup’s family farmed the land.
From Route 9 westbound, take the exit for Computer Drive. Turn left at the light onto Computer Drive and get in the right lane and follow that road as it crosses over Route 9. At the next traffic light, go straight for about 1/2 mile. Turn left at “Westborough Park” sign on Friberg Parkway. Take Friberg Parkway 1/4 mile to the Walkup Reservation driveway entrance on the right, marked by an SVT sign. Turn right and then bear left to the parking area.
If you are heading east on Route 9, take the exit for Research Drive. Bear right just before the first traffic light and get in the left lane. At the next light, turn left. Westborough Park on Friberg Parkway will be on your left in 1/2 mile. Continue with directions above.
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