Harvard Forest Loop Trail

Location

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This property is in NQTA Map #13. You can purchase NQTA Map Sets in our Shop.


Directions

Harvard Forest and the Fisher Museum and Education Center are located on Route 32 in Petersham 6 miles south of the Rt 2A intersection in Athol. There is parking for multiple vehicles.

During business hours please park away from the main parking area to allow space for employees to park.

Overview

* THIS IS A HIKERS FOOTPATH ONLY TRAIL *

These Harvard Forest Trails are home to some of the leading worldwide global climate change scientific experimentation.

We are including information from Harvard Forest’s staff. Please follow it to the letter. Following the proper protocol on these trails is a true hiker’s responsibility.

Starting at the main Harvard Forest parking lot take Prospect Hill Road on the
1) French Road Trail (YELLOW) to the 2) Black Gum Swamp Boardwalk Loop Trail (PURPLE).
​Head back out onto Prospect Hill Road up to Townline Road and gate. Take a right and continue on Townline Road to the Locust Opening Road. Enter 3) Hemlock Hospice Trail (RED) and follow Locust Opening Road back to the 4) Natural History Trail (GREEN). Take this trail back to the main parking lot and visit the 5) Fisher Museum (BLUE).

IT IS VITAL THAT ALL HIKERS STAY ON DESIGNATED TRAILS LISTED ON THIS MAP

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Activities

Hiking

Trail Etiquette

Please use common sense and show common courtesy on all trails. See the Trail Etiquette Guide for tips for hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders.
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