Welcome to "Cider Knoll"
This parcel of conservation land is mainly wooded and full of life! The entire property consists of 105.4 acres and the total mileage of trails here is approximately 2 miles. The loop trail runs along scenic rock outcroppings, one of which overlooks the pond on the south end of the property.
Cider Knoll is an ideal spot for bird watching as the pond and the bordering wetland area provide for a rich wildlife habitat. Various waterfowl have been spotted here along with birds such as the great blue heron and the belted kingfisher. Reptile and amphibian wildlife are also common here. Some mammal species that have been spotted on the trails include white tailed deer, beaver, fisher, wild turkeys, as well as signs of raccoon and coyote.
This conservation land also adjoins several historical homesteads on Concord and Stow Roads. These were owned by some of the original settlers of Marlborough. Portions of the landscape were once open fields and a small apple orchard.
The entrance off of Stow Road is also the location of the Community Garden. This organic garden is used by members of the community and is filled with several different types of fruits, vegetables and flowers. If you are interested in joining the Community Garden or want to learn more, please click on the "Community Garden" Tab in the Table of Contents.
Trail Map: Cider Knoll/Mello Family Meadow Trail Map
Recreational Opportunities: Hiking, walking trail, cross-country skiing, and picnicking.
Hours: Dawn to dusk.
Prohibited Activities: Hunting, motorized vehicles, fires, littering, cutting or removing of trees or plants, camping, and swimming.
Directions: From Concord Road, pass the Country Club (on both sides of the road) and continue for about a mile, pass Beaman Lane and Collins Drive on your Left and take the next left onto McNeil Circle. Take the first right onto Vega Road, the first left onto Juniper Road. Turn left at the end onto Woodland Drive and you will immediately see the trailhead at the end of the street.
There is another entrance in the middle of Stow Road, where Mello Family Community Garden is located. From Concord Road, take a slight left at Stow Road and continue for half a mile. Then take a right into Mello Family Community Garden and walk past the garden to get to the entrance of the trail.