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Central MA

Elliott Laurel

Phillipston

33 acres

Richard Cheek

Stone walls serve as reminders that while this lovely woodland now bursts with color, it has a pastureland heritage.

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

Overview

At the peak of spring, the flowers of Elliott Laurel emerge first as pink buds that gradually turn to a brilliant white as they open and brighten the shady woodland floor.

As you follow the scenic foot trail through a landscape traversed by old stone walls, you’ll cross an open field before climbing a rocky hillside to a lovely overlook. The trail then meanders through a forest of white pine and hemlock before entering a red maple swamp, which lights with radiant color in the fall. For the return leg of your trek, you’ll pass under a cathedral of pine trees, whose trunks are swathed in thickets of the mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) for which the reservation is named.

Admission & Hours

FREE to all

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

Directions

392 Queen Lake Road/Route 101
Phillipston, MA 01331

E-mail:info@thetrustees.org

Get directions on Google Maps.

From Rt. 2: Take Exit 21 and follow Rt. 2A West for 1.1 mi. into Templeton Center. Pick up Rt. 101 South and follow for 3.9 mi. to entrance and roadside parking on right.

From Intersection of Rts. 32 and 101: Take Rt. 101 North 3.6 mi. to entrance and roadside parking on left.

What You'll Find

Trails
1-mile trail. Moderate hiking.

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

  • Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed.
  • Seasonal hunting is permitted at this property subject to all state and town laws.
Before Setting Out
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Property Acquisition History

Original acreage a gift of Frederick W. Elliott in 1941 in memory of his mother. Endowment given by Olive Simes. Additional land purchased in 1975.

The View From Here
See What People Say

This is a mix of open field (mowed) and woods. There is a bit of a hill but nothing too strenuous. The hemlock stand is nice with beautiful open woods. This is a nice spot for a short hike. There is a little less than a mile of trails.

dave d, TripAdvisor

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