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Roger and Virginia Drury Preserve




Open to the Public

Yes

Things To Do

Hike a lightly-marked trail, and bring waterproof shoes. View All

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2014 Trail Work: The Drury Preserve Trail will be closed through July 2014 for boardwalk reconstruction.

65 acres in Sheffield
Barnum Street, near the Moon in the Pond Organic Farm

Why You Should Visit
This preserve protects a rich array of lowland forest and plant communities. At the end of the trail there is a spectacular view across Schenob Brook of Mount Race.

Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
The first Nature Conservancy preserve in the southern Berkshires, the Drury Preserve was created in 1997 to honor the donation of 65 acres in 1984 by Roger and Virginia Drury. This preserve is part of our largest Preserve in the Commonwealth, Schenob Brook, important for its many regionally important calcareous wetlands. Since 1984 we have added 2,500 acres of protection in the Schenob Brook wetland complex including significant upland acreage to the west to protect the source of water for many of the wetlands.

What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing
Over the next few years Conservancy staff and volunteers will be replacing the boardwalk and improving parking and trailhead information. We will also be controlling invasive species on this preserve.

What to See:
The trail passes through northern hardwoods with rich understory diversity, including many spring ephemeral wildflowers as well as fall flowering asters and bends around unique cobbles that are common in the southern Berkshires. Our trail also passes by the fields Moon in the Pond Farm, which the Conservancy has protected with a conservation restriction.

Past the farm the trail transitions into a 600’ boardwalk and bridges as it passes through forested wetlands and streams. In this wetter areas include you may see Mossy Cup Oak, Jack-in-the-Pulpit and skunk cabbage. The trail will lead you out to ponded section of Schenob Brook where great blue herons, kingfishers and other wetland dependent birds are often seen. Some other unique features to keep an eye out for are limestone sink holes, an old quarry, and the remnants of Captain Barnum’s stone foundation. Wildlife is abundant in this preserve, with coyote, bobcat, and turkey wandering the woods. The littlest of critters also call this place home, such as the bright orange red eft which is a frequently seen traveling across the trail in the later summer and fall.

Preserve Policies

  • Preserve open daily from dawn to dusk
  • Foot traffic only
  • Groups larger than 10 people are asked to coordinate their visit with our Western Massachusetts Program at (413) 229-0232.
  • Please stay on the trail and boardwalk to protect this fragile ecosystem
  • No collecting of plants or animals
  • No pets
  • Carry out all litter
  • No fires, smoking or camping

For more information about our rules, please see our complete list of preserve use policies.

Accessibility
Contact the western Massachusetts office at (413) 229-0232.
All reasonable requests for special accommodations will be made with ample notice.
A lightly marked trail, which is approximately a 3-mile walk, gently slopes through a variety of wet and dry communities. There are boardwalks and bridges over the wettest areas, but waterproof shoes are a good idea.

A lightly marked trail, which is approximately a 3-mile walk, gently slopes through a variety of wet and dry communities. There are boardwalks over the wettest areas, but waterproof shoes are a good idea.

Directions

From Boston:

  • Take Route 90W to Exit 2 (Lee).
  • Follow Route 102W to Route 7S (Sheffield center).
  • After the small shopping plaza, take the first right onto Berkshire School Rd.
  • Take the second left (Salisbury Rd.) and then another left (Barnum St.).
  • The preserve is 1.2 miles down Barnum Street with a small clearing to park on the right. If you reach Moon in the Pond farm you went too far.
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