About Poor Farm Hill

A trail through the woods at Poor Farm Hill Wildlife Sanctuary

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
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Sanctuary Highlights

  • Dense understory of native Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia) 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, 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
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Trails: Open daily, dawn to dusk


Free, donations appreciated