Open meadows skimmed by bluebirds and tree swallows, with long views of October Mountain.
The sunny meadow merges with a mature pine forest where the walking is pleasant when conditions are dry.
Don’t be surprised if you see a bear in a tree!
Property Name: Hallowell Meadow
Activities: Bird-watching, hiking
Special features: Sunny meadow, shaded forest paths
Hiking difficulty: Intermediate — unmarked trails on easy terrain
GPS: 42.3447, -73.2549 (frontage on East Street)
While Hallowell Meadow is one of the oldest of BNRC’s properties, it’s likely one you’ve never heard of. The Hallowell family donated their farm to BNRC in 1973, stipulating that its natural and scenic character be preserved. With poor access and limited frontage, BNRC has maintained the property, generally without improvement. The neighborhood and passersby enjoy views, and you will, too!
Discernible on the aerial photo, the Reserve has three distinct habitats running in north-south bands. To the west is the meadow, a pretty hayfield that supports grassland birds and provides sweeping views. At the center is a field that is growing into shrubland. At the east is a mature forest with obvious signs of its agricultural history: open-grown pines, non-native plants, and remnants of fences.
While Hallowell has a network of footpaths, those trails are not maintained; lacking good public access, we have allocated our resources elsewhere.
Hallowell Meadow on East Street in Lenox has no parking. Frontage is south of 90 East Street.