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105 Weatogue Road
Sheffield, MA 01257
Nature Preserve: Birding, Caving, Hike, Picnic, Walk, Water Sports
The high point at Bartholomew’s Cobble, Hurlburt’s Hill, rises 1,000 feet to a 20-acre upland field on the Massachusetts Connecticut border that offers panoramic views northward up the Housatonic River Valley. You can tour the cobbles, trees and understory plants, and river, on the Ledges Trail, which also passes two small caves kids love to explore. You can also trek through open fields, transitional forest, and freshwater marshes with beaver ponds along the Cobble’s other trails. Don’t forget to stop in to the natural history museum and visitor center either before or after your visit. And, to mix your natural history with some cultural history, follow the trail that leads to the nearby historic Ashley House, from where enslaved African American Mum Bett Freeman sued for her freedom, helping to end slavery in Massachusetts. Five miles of trails, moderate hiking. Some may find the hike to the Hurlburt’s Hill summit strenuous. Open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Museum and visitors center open year-round, daily, 9AM 4:30PM (closed Sundays and Mondays, December to March). Allow a minimum of 2 hours, 3 hours if also visiting the Ashley House. Spring wildflowers show best mid-April through May. Spring bird migration at peak in May. Ferns best in June. Hawk migration from mid-September through October. Visitors Center and natural history museum (handicapped-accessible public restrooms). Private functions may be arranged for groups of up to 40 people; call or e-mail for more information.