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.

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

  • Seasonal hunting is permitted at this property subject to all state and town laws. Please  email 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.
  • 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.
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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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