High-elevation woods filled with oak and mountain laurel, accessible by a road to the summit radio towers. Outstanding skiing.
Property Name: Mount Darby
Town: Mount Washington
Activities: Hunting, hiking, skiing
Special features: Road to summit good for walking, skiing, sledding
Hiking difficulty: Expert — steep
Please note: Only accessible by private road; off-trail the property is nearly impassable
GPS: 42.1259, -73.4658 (frontage)
The 323-acre Mount Darby Reserve was acquired in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and MassWildlife. You’re welcome to visit, but there is no improved parking (you can carefully pull off East Street by the gate), no trails (except the tower road), and the mountain laurel is so think that it’s easier to climb than to walk. But all that said, this is still a great place to explore.
Most interesting feature: at the time of the acquisition in 2010, there were only tiny streams and a vernal pool; one year later we stumbled on a brand-new, 3-acre beaver pond complex. Busy, busy beavers! Look for that complex on the aerial photo at the northwest.
Between 32 and 40 East Street, Mount Washington. Parking is not available.