Central MA

Quinebaug Woods


36 acres

Trace the banks of the serene Quinebaug River and keep your eyes peeled for frogs and spotted salamanders before ascending a wooded ridge.


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


Located next to the 575-acre Army Corps of Engineers Holland Pond Flood Control and Recreation Area and near the 518-acre Leadmine Wildlife Management Area, Quinebaug Woods is a valuable addition to the broader ecological landscape.

Near the ridgetop, a large, shaded vernal pool supports wood and pickerel frogs, American toads, and spotted salamanders. Along the banks of the Quinebaug River, beavers have taken down trees and constructed a lodge. Kingfishers and great blue herons hunt along the river’s banks and shallows, sunfish, and bass can be seen from the shore, and cardinal flowers bloom in late summer along the river’s edge.

Ideas for Your Visit

Trek the one-mile loop trail north along the Quinebaug River before turning west and heading up and over a “hogback”—an exposed, rocky ridge where oak, hickory, white ash, and white pine comprise the open canopy while dense stands of hemlock appear below. You’ll find a stone chimney and foundation steps, the last being the remains of a cabin built in 1932.

Admission & Hours

FREE to all. Open sunrise to sunset.

Please note that the parking lot is not plowed in the winter.

Directions & Contact Info

Dug Hill Road
Holland, MA 01521

Email: info@thetrustees.org

Get driving directions on Google Maps.

From the Mass Turnpike (I-90), take Exit 78 to I-84 South. Take Exit 3 to Rt. 20 West. At the intersection with Rt. 148, turn left onto Holland Rd. Follow Holland Rd into Holland, where it becomes Sturbridge Rd. Look for the dam at the Hamilton Reservoir on your left. Immediately after passing the dam, turn right onto Dug Hill Rd. The entrance and parking (3 cars) is on the right.




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 visit.

Regulations & Advisories

  • Hunting is not permitted at this reservation. Learn more about hunting on Trustees properties.
  • Trails are closed to mountain biking March 1 to April 30 during muddy season.
  • Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed.
  • Fishing is allowed, but must follow all state regulations.
  • Horseback riders shall ride at a walking pace and avoid muddy areas of the trails.
  • Please note that the parking lot is not plowed in the winter.
  • 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.
Before Setting Out
More to Explore

Quinebaug Woods History

Property Acquisition History
Gift of Benjamin and Margaret Haller in 2001.

The View From Here
See What People Say

The trails are very well maintained and easy to follow the map (always best to print one out before heading to the reservation). We visited the old foundation which is impressive.

Dave D, Trip Advisor

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