Dry Hill

New Marlborough

206 acres

Peter Marotta

Wander across more than 200 acres of forest and through a maze of thickets, following a trail that traces a small brook and passes vernal pools and other wetlands.


Plan Your Visit
  • Overview
  • Admission & Hours
  • Directions & Contact Info
  • What You'll Find
  • Property Map
  • Regulations & Advisories


Dry Hill is a picturesque part of a larger landscape of contiguous forest that remains a critical habitat for large mammals. It also supports many species of woodland birds, such as the black-throated blue warbler.

Your journey takes place on a mile-long trail winding past a shallow stream, several vernal ponds, and a red maple and hemlock swamp with a diverse mix of ferns and herbs. Higher up, dry, acidic oak forest covers the upper slopes and ridgetops. Dense thickets of mountain laurel, which bloom in late June, alternate with more open areas featuring low bush blueberry, sheep laurel, starflower, bellwort, and Canada mayflower.

Admission & Hours

FREE to all

Open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1 hour.

While the property is open in the winter, please note that we do not plow the parking lot.

Directions & Contact Info

Old North Road (Harmon Road)
New Marlborough, MA 01230

Get directions on Google Maps.

From Great Barrington, follow Rt. 23 East 4 mil. At the intersection of Rts. 23 and 57 in Monterey, follow Rt. 57 East for 5.5 mi. to New Marlborough Center. Turn left onto New Marlborough-Monterey Rd., follow for 0.6 mi., and bear left onto Old North R. (unmarked; also called Harmon Rd.). Proceed 0.1 mi. to entrance and parking (8 vehicles) on left.

What You'll Find

1.5 miles of trails, generally moderate.

Property Map

We recommend that you download the trail map before you head out.

Regulations & Advisories

  • Hunting is permitted at this property subject to all state and town laws. The town of New Marlborough requires hunters to carry written permission. It is recommended to wear brightly colored clothing like an orange vest or hat during the hunting season. Hunting is not allowed on Sundays. Learn more about hunting on Trustees properties, and read safety tips for non-hunters. Please email for permit information.
  • Mountain biking is not allowed.
  • Dogs must be kept on leash at all times.
  • While the property is open in the winter, note that we do not plow the parking lot.
  • PHOTOGRAPHY: We ask that photographers or their clients become Contributing Level Members before conducting portrait sessions at this property. Click here for more information, and to request permission for any portrait sessions. The Trustees of Reservations reserves the right, and may give permission to its designated photographers and videographers, or to outside media, to photograph or video visitors and program participants at all its facilities and properties.
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Great trails on a summer day plus lots of peace & quiet. Had the place all to ourselves. It is definitely a perfect hike in a quiet spot.

Annie B, Trip Advisor

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