Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary

Sharon, Massachusetts

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Have you ever longed to find some secluded hilltop and just sit peacefully, letting the breeze and quietness lull your senses? I have, and Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in Sharon has one of the best views in the region. The stunted cedar trees and the sheer rock walls give the illusion that this is a hilltop in Maine, New Hampshire, or Vermont. And for a view this good, the trail to the top is surprisingly gentle. The sanctuary has varied topography, much of which was once farmland, now reverted back to forest. More than 400 species of wildflowers grow here, and due to the high elevations found in the sanctuary there are yellow and white birches to add to the feeling of being in the North Country. There are no moose here, but the origin of the sanctuary’s name is from the moose that were said to inhabit the area in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Highlights: Panoramic views, fields, forest, wide diversity of plant and animal life.
Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts

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Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts

by Michael Tougias (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Have you ever longed to find some secluded hilltop and just sit peacefully, letting the breeze and quietness lull your senses? I have, and Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in Sharon has one of the best views in the region. The stunted cedar trees and the sheer rock walls give the illusion that this is a hilltop in Maine, New Hampshire, or Vermont. And for a view this good, the trail to the top is surprisingly gentle.

The sanctuary has varied topography, much of which was once farmland, now reverted back to forest. More than 400 species of wildflowers grow here, and due to the high elevations found in the sanctuary there are yellow and white birches to add to the feeling of being in the North Country. There are no moose here, but the origin of the sanctuary’s name is from the moose that were said to inhabit the area in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Highlights: Panoramic views, fields, forest, wide diversity of plant and animal life.

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

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Sharon
Distance: 4.25
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours
Season: Best spring thru fall
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary

Recent Trail Reviews

3/25/2006
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The Moose Hill reservation is great! It is quite large and is perfect for a half day hike. There are many trails to choose from. Some meander through wooded kettle holes, others climb to rock bluffs, and still others meander through old farm land. The trails vary from wide paths to narrow rocky climbs. The trails are well marked but a map and a compass are a must. Bring your camera, I have seen flocks of wild turkeys and heards of deer while hiking Moose hill. The highlight, in my opinion, is a large meadow perfect for pic-nicing, off the Moose Hill Loop trail. The Bluff Head Trail is also a nice one. Definitly worth a visit!



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Apr 2018