Last Visited: Wednesday, May, 2 2012
What to do here: This area is actually a combination of property that belongs to two different organizations: The Massachusetts Audubon Society and The Trustees of Reservations. Having said that, this property is a scenic gem with lots of open fields, tranquil woods and pretty vistas. It’s a great place to spend a few minutes over lunch or a few hours if you want some time outside without a long drive:
- Hiking: Moose Hill has over 5 miles of trails criss-crossing the property on the Trustees property and another 25 miles on the Audubon Society property. Most of the trails are quite gentle and this is a great place to bring a group with a diverse assortment of fitness levels. Moose Hill (which is on Audubon Society Property) is the highest hill in Eastern Massachusetts outside of Great Blue Hill just a few minutes up the road.
- Dog-Friendly: Dogs are allowed on the Trustees Property, provided that you get a permit with them first (please go their website for more information on their ‘Green Dogs’ program).
- Farmstead Tours and Special Events: There are special events held by both the Massachusetts Audubon Society and the Trustees of Reservations
- Bird Watching: There are several spots on both properties (but especially the Audubon Society Property) that make for good bird-watching in the right season.
- Art Exhibits and Nature Center: The Audubon Society has a building with a Nature Center and Art on display.
- Snowshoeing/Cross-Country Skiing (Snow Permitting): The many trails throughout both properties are open for Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing if there is enough snow on the ground.
- Wildlife Viewing: There are several great spots to see if you can spot some fellow members of the animal kingdom and the Audubon Society has some nature and interpretive trails as well.
Favorite Activities: This is a great area to get out and walk whether for a half hour or so over lunch or for a few hours on a day off. It feels a lot more isolated than it should feel for being so close to several major highways and in the middle of suburban Boston.
How to get here: The main entrance and visitor centers for both the Audubon Society and the Trustees of Reservations are on Moose Hill Street in Sharon.
From the North take I-95 South to exit 10 (Coney St.); take a left off the ramp and then take a right at your next light onto Route 27 North (High Plain St). About half a mile down take a left on Moose Hill St; the turn can be very easy to miss so keep an eye out for it (the street entrance is across from the Victory Assembly of God building on High Plain St (this building is much harder to miss).
From the South take I-95 North to Exit 9 (Route 1 North) and take a right on Coney St (about half a mile up, the junction is the light right before the Walpole Mall), cross over I-95 and then take a right on Route 27 (High Plain St.). About half a mile down take a left on Moose Hill St; the turn can be very easy to miss so keep an eye out for it (the street entrance is across from the Victory Assembly of God building on High Plain St (this building is much harder to miss).
The closest public transportation stop is the Sharon Commuter Rail Station which is on the MBTA Commuter Rail’s Providence/Stoughton line. It is about a two mile walk to Moose Hill from the Sharon Stop.
For those of you using GPS devices the following addresses should get you there:
Audubon Society Visitor Center
293 Moose Hill St.
Sharon, MA 02067
Trustees of Reservations Farmstead
396 Moose Hill Street
Sharon, MA 02067
Both properties are located on the same street and are withing walking distance of each other.
Facilities, Fees and Other Important Information: The Audubon Society Visitor Center has restrooms and nice facilities. Both locations request a $4 donation per adult visitor ($3 for children at the Audubon Society) and both have parking available. Both also waive their fee if you are a member.