Appleton Farms Grass Rides

Hamilton, Massachusetts

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The reservation offers a nice combination of fields, wetlands, and wooded areas comprised of pine, oak, maple, cedar, and my personal favorite, the dark-green majestic hemlock. I have seen a number of ruffed grouse here and many signs of deer. One animal I see almost every time I go is a fat woodchuck. They are fun to watch as long as they are not near my garden—after hibernating all winter, woodchucks have a voracious appetite and will eat almost every kind of flower and vegetable, preferring the cold-weather crops, such as peas, to dine on first. When threatened they seek the safety of their burrows, which can extend underground for many yards and usually have two entrances. Appleton Farms is believed to be the oldest farm in continuous operation in the United States. Its plantings date back to 1638, when the town of Ipswich granted the land to Thomas Appleton. Highlights: Fields and woodland paths.
Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts

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Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts

by Michael Tougias (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

The reservation offers a nice combination of fields, wetlands, and wooded areas comprised of pine, oak, maple, cedar, and my personal favorite, the dark-green majestic hemlock. I have seen a number of ruffed grouse here and many signs of deer. One animal I see almost every time I go is a fat woodchuck. They are fun to watch as long as they are not near my garden—after hibernating all winter, woodchucks have a voracious appetite and will eat almost every kind of flower and vegetable, preferring the cold-weather crops, such as peas, to dine on first.

When threatened they seek the safety of their burrows, which can extend underground for many yards and usually have two entrances. Appleton Farms is believed to be the oldest farm in continuous operation in the United States. Its plantings date back to 1638, when the town of Ipswich granted the land to Thomas Appleton. Highlights: Fields and woodland paths.

©  Michael Tougias/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hamilton
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 to 2.5 hours
Season: Best spring thru fall
Local Contacts: Trustees of Reservations
Driving Directions: Directions to Appleton Farms Grass Rides

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