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Heavily wooded Noon Hill is secluded, with a diversity of wildlife. Few people even know of its existence, and as a bonus, it abuts the Henry L. Shattuck Reservation, with an additional 225 acres along the Charles River.
Noon Hill Reservation Professional Review and Guide
"Heavily wooded Noon Hill is secluded, with a diversity of wildlife. Few people even know of its existence, and as a bonus, it abuts the Henry L. Shattuck Reservation, with an additional 225 acres along the Charles River."
--Michael Tougias, AMC's Best Day Hikes Near Boston (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
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"There are a number of reasons why I visit heavily wooded Noon Hill over and over again, but its seclusion and diversity of wildlife are at the top of my list. Few people even know of its existence.
Whenever you hear a bunch of crows cawing, have your binoculars ready—often they are harassing or “mobbing” a larger bird. It is said that crows are so smart that once shot at, they soon learn to distinguish between people who are armed and those who are not.
Highlights: Hilltop view, pond, stream."
--Michael Tougias, Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
"With 4.5 miles of leash-free trails, one can spend an entire morning exploring Noon Hill (204 acres) and the adjacent Henry L. Shattuck Reservation, which includes an additional 225 acres along the Charles River. At 370 feet, Noon Hill rises gently above the surrounding landscape, offering extensive views south across the undulating hills of Walpole and Norfolk. Depressions found in the hillsides remind us of our glacial past. Noon Hill’s thickly wooded slopes are forested with hemlock, pine, beech, and birch."
--Jenna Ringelheim, Best Hikes With Dogs Boston & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books).
"Although you wouldn’t know it based on the remote location, this reservation is situated in historic Medfield. Noon Hill and the surrounding rock ledge are the result of glacial action that carved depressions in the earth’s surface thousands of years ago. Today, the surrounding landscape encompasses marsh and higher-elevation forest within minutes all on the same route.You’ll be passing through a mix of deciduous trees with some grand pines in the mix. Since the habitat is favorable for ruffed grouse, you are likely to be startled by the sudden burst of this bird’s fluttering wings if you approach one along the trail."
--Steve Mirsky, Best Hikes Near Boston (Falcon Guides).
"This secluded reservation provides 204 acres of peaceful hiking, with trails suitable for horseback riding, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing. Miles from the busy Charles River esplanade in downtown Boston, this location provides an opportunity to experience the river in its natural state.
Noon Hill is a link in the Bay Circuit Trail; the latter connects green space in 43 towns in Eastern Massachusetts, from Newburyport to Duxbury and Kingston."
--Lafe Low and Helen Weatherall, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Boston - 2nd Edition (Menasha Ridge Press).
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