Cave Hill CA and Trails

Cave Hill Conservation Area and Trails

Cave Hill mail box

The 102-acre Cave Hill Conservation Area was purchased in 2014 by town meeting with funds from the Community Preservation Act and private contributions from 127 households. It is owned by the town. The Rattlesnake Gutter Trust holds the Conservation Restriction. The best-known part of the property is a series of parallel north-south cliffs, but there are also 3 certified vernal pools, seasonal streams flowing both north and south that feed Cranberry Pond, wetlands, a network of trails, and a long land-use history including a numbers of stone structures of both historic and ceremonial origin. The property was once part of the Leverett Town Farm (1866-1890). This map shows the former boundary of the town farm.

The varied topography has contributed to the diverse habitats at Cave Hill. For more information about bird species, see the paragraph below on eBird Hotspot

directions map Cave Hill

  • From the Leverett Town Hall, turn right/north on Montague Road past Rattlesnake Gutter Road to Cave Hill Road (1.8 miles).
  • Bear right on Cave Hill Road and continue 1.3 miles to the top of the hill. The parking lot is on your left.
  • OR from North Leverett Road, take Cave Hill Road south (1 mile). The parking lot is on the right just beyond the Peace Pagoda sign (which will be on your left).

Trails

The trails include new-growth forest from recent logging, older forest, certified vernal pools, wetlands, seasonal streams, cliffs and rock clusters. The trails are also a geologic trip back to a continental suture between two of the blocks that now make up the North American continent. Three new trails were added in fall 2015. Trail Maps

Geology

Photos

In early 2016, the Cave Hill Conservation Area was designated as an eBird Hotspot. (An eBird “Hotspot” must be open to the public and be a very good place to observe birds.) The Hotspot designation allows all birders to contribute observations to the database for that location. The cumulative information helps us better understand how the varied habitats are used throughout the year. Link to eBird

 

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