Savery Avenue was the first divided highway built in the United States. This historic distinction has protected the forest bordering the road. As a result, mature pine trees tower over these woods, making Savery Avenue Conservation Land feel far from civilization. This trail is a great place for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing in the winter, as the pines provide a lovely dark green contrast with the leafless trees and snow around them.
After your woodland exploration, pause at the picnic tables and benches at either of the Savery Avenue trailheads for an outdoor snack, or take a quiet moment to listen to the birds singing above you.
Enter the yellow loop trail at Savery Avenue Conservation Land from either of the two parking spaces along Savery Avenue. This roughly mile-long loop is flat and easy to follow, with trail markers affixed to trees beside the trail. (Download trail map)
At its northern and southern ends, out-and-back side trails branch off of the main loop and diverge deeper into the forest. These trails are not as well-trafficked or well-maintained, and so can be harder to follow; we recommend these routes for more experienced hikers.
Habitats & Wildlife
Savery Avenue’s words are dominated by Eastern white pine trees, scattered with holly and young red maple. The undergrowth holds a thick carpet of miniature baby pine trees and huckleberry bushes, creating a hiding spot for small mammals like chipmunks.
The tall canopy above is great bird habitat, making Savery Avenue a perfect spot for young birders to test out their ear! Listen for the harsh jeer of blue jays, the quick chipping of pine warblers, and the two-note call of the Massachusetts state bird, the black-capped chickadee.