About Poor Farm Hill

Poor Farm Hill exposed ledge © Lenherr
© Lenherr

Poor Farm Hill Wildlife Sanctuary is part of a large mosaic of conservation land located in New Salem. The expansive area provides forest habitat for warblers and ground nesting birds as well as large mammals including Bobcat, Black Bear, and Moose. 



Trail Mileage

0.94 miles

Sanctuary Highlights

  • Dense understory of mountain laurel found on the lower slope beneath the mixed hardwood and white pine forest.
  • Hemlock forest found in the cooler rocky area of the upper slope.
  • The headwaters of the Hop Brook watershed, which is a tributary to the Quabbin Reservoir (the public water supply for the Greater Boston area).
  • Young red maples with stripped bark, a sign of Moose feeding.
  • Exposed ledges formed by past volcanic activity.


Off of West Main Street, New Salem, MA Get Directions >
Managed by Central Properties


Trails: Daily, dawn to dusk


Free, donations appreciated