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Metro West

Noon Hill

Medfield

204 acres

Ascend the hill to enjoy treetop vistas, amble around Holt Pond, or follow trails that lead through an adjacent Trustees reservation to the Charles River.

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

Overview

At 370 feet, Noon Hill rises gently above the surrounding landscape—the midday sun passing over the ridge gives the reservation its name. Its slopes and ridges are forested with pine, beech, birch, and hemlock; in spring, the forest floor is scattered with wildflowers. Holt Pond, meanwhile, was created around 1764, when Sawmill Brook was dammed to create a mill pond. In the 19th century, after farmers cleared the forest, the land surrounding the pond became stonewall-enclosed pasture; woods have since reclaimed these fields.

Ideas for Your Visit

Four and a half miles of moderate (and occasionally strenuous) trails wind around Noon Hill, a link in the Bay Circuit Trail. From the hill’s peak, you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views south across the rolling hills of Walpole and Norfolk, including Gillette Stadium. A short trail extension across Causeway Street connects Noon Hill to Shattuck Reservation. Both reservations are managed with adjacent conservation land owned by the Town of Medfield.

Admission & Hours

FREE to all.

Directions

Noon Hill Road
Medfield, MA 02052
Telephone: 508.785.0339
E-mail: charlesrivervalley@thetrustees.org

Get directions on Google Maps.

From I-95/Rt. 128: Exit 16B onto Rt. 109 West. Follow into center of Medfield. From intersection of Rts. 27 and 109 in Medfield, take Rt. 109 West for 0.1 mi. and immediately turn left onto Causeway St. Follow for 1.3 mi. and turn left onto Noon Hill Rd. Entrance and parking (15 cars) on right. Shattuck Reservation is across Causeway St. from Noon Hill.

From I-495: Exit 19. Follow Rt. 109 East and take right onto Causeway St., 0.1 mi. before intersection of Rts. 109 and 27. Follow directions as stated above.

Property Map

Free trail map distributed from bulletin board in the parking area. Please understand that supplies periodically run out.

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

  • In cooperation with the Town of Medfield, authorized bow hunting, only with written permission, is allowed on this reservation for a limited number of hunters, according to MassWildlife regulations from mid October through December each year, from ½ hour before sunrise all day until ½ hour after sunset Monday through Saturday. Hunting is not allowed on Sundays. Signage is posted at the property listing safety precautions, requirements, and rules for the benefit of all visitors. Learn more about hunting on Trustees reservations >>
  • Dogs must be on leash at all times. Off-leash walking is permitted across the street at Shattuck Reservation.
  • Mountain biking is on official trails, except where posted. No off-trail biking is allowed.
  • Please note: There is a sportsman’s club shooting range across the street, which can be very loud at times.
  • The Trustees reserves the right to photograph or video visitors and program participants for promotional use, and usage of our properties implies consent. Find the full policy here.
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History

Holt Pond was created around 1764, when Sawmill Brook was dammed to create a mill pond. In the 19th century, after farmers cleared the forest, the land surrounding the pond was used as pasture, and stone walls were built as enclosures. Forest has since reclaimed these fields. The midday sun passes over the ridge of Noon Hill, giving the reservation its name.

Property Acquisition History
Original acreage a gift of W. K. Gilmore & Sons in 1959. Additional land given by Henry L. Shattuck, with the cooperation of Daniel S. and Dr. F. Sargent Cheever, in 1960 and 1963, and by Hon. Elliot L. Richardson, Dr. Edward P. Richardson, Jr., and Dr. George S. Richardson in 1978.

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Good place for hiking, easy well marked trails. Beautiful area. Trail to the top looks out as far as Gillette Stadium, very pretty in the the fall.

visitorBoston, TripAdvisor

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