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Pioneer Valley

Bullitt Reservation

Ashfield and Conway

265 acres

A thick forest covers slopes rising above what was once cropland and pasture, bisected by a long wetland.

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Plan Your Visit
  • Overview
  • Ideas for Your Visit
  • Admission & Hours
  • Directions
  • Property Map
  • Regulations & Advisories

Overview

Once a poor farm and then later part of the country retreat of first U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union, William C. Bullitt, and his daughter Ann, this eye-pleasing blend of fields and farm buildings, mixed woodlands, and streams forms a crucial link in almost 3,000 acres of protected land that shelters state-protected species.

Deer and bear emerge from the forest to feed and frolic, while the fields nurture orchids and butterflies. Poland Brook and its feeder streams provide habitat for a variety of fish and freshwater insects and plants.

Ideas for Your Visit

Take an easy amble along the Pebble Trail for an introduction to the features of the property.

The Two Bridges Trail connects to Chapel Brook Reservation, then into a larger network of footpaths in Ashfield and into the broader Pioneer Valley.

Admission & Hours

FREE to all.

Directions

332 Bullitt Road
Ashfield and Conway, MA 01330
Telephone: 413.628.4485
info@thetrustees.org

Get directions in Google Maps.

From Points North: From I-91, Exit 25, take Rt. 116 West approx. 10 mi. through Conway and into Ashfield. Turn left onto Bullitt Rd., proceed approx. 1 mi. (pavement turns to dirt) to driveway and white buildings on right where road turns sharply left. Note: Do not take North Poland Road to Bullitt Rd. It is an unmaintained road that is not passable for much of the year.

From Points South: From I-91, Exit 24, take Rt 5 North. After 1.1 mi., turn left onto Rt. 116 West. Follow approx. 10 mi. through Conway and into Ashfield. Follow directions above from Bullitt Rd. Note: Do not take North Poland Road to Bullitt Rd. It is an unmaintained road that is not passable for much of the year.

Property Map

We recommend that you take a photo of the map on your phone so you can refer to it during your visit, or download a trail map before you head out.

Regulations & Advisories

  • Seasonal hunting is permitted at this property subject to all state and town laws. Please call 413.213.4751 or email westregion@thetrustees.org for permit information. Wear bright colors when hiking in the November to December deer hunting season; avoid wearing or carrying anything that is white. Hunting is not allowed on Sundays. Learn more about hunting on Trustees properties.
  • Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.
Before Setting Out
More to Explore

An Ambassador's Summer Retreat

This 265-acre parcel was part of the 365-acre former estate of Ambassador William C. Bullitt, and his daughter, Anne Bullitt. William C. Bullitt (1891–1967) was an American diplomat, journalist, and novelist, and is best known for his role as the first U. S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union and his service as the Ambassador to France, which began in 1936. Abundant with a mix of forests, fields, and streams, which provide natural habitat for numerous wildlife and a diversity of species, the property was enjoyed as a summer home by the Bullitt family for many years.

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The View From Here
See What People Say

What a gem! Lots of inviting place to sit on benches and chairs around the Bullitt house before or after your hike. The views are spectacular! Definitely bring a picnic lunch.

Kristen E, Trip Advisor

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