North Common Meadow, Petersham

North Common Meadow is a 25acre open space preserve in the town of Petersham, Massachusetts. The property, part of a larger, contiguous area of protected open space including Harvard Forest and The Trustees of Reservations' Brooks Woodland Preserve, is maintained as grassland in keeping with the town's rural character.
The preserve, acquired in 1975 by the land conservation non-profit organization The Trustees of Reservations, is suitable for hiking, horseback riding, picnicing, and cross country skiing; it is also maintained as habitat for ground nesting birds such as the bobolink, red-winged blackbird, and eastern meadowlark.
Access to North Common Meadow is located off Massachusetts Route 32 and East Street in Petersham center.
The property was formerly pasture land; later, it was part of the golf course of the Nichewaug Inn. It was given to the Trustees of Reservations by an anonymous donor. North Common Meadow is part of the Petersham Common Historic District, placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
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  • Large meadow off of Petersham Common. New England characteristic setting. Transition from town to forest in a short walk.  more »
  • It wasn't particularly easy to find the "trail" for this as it is a mowed field. I parked at the Petersham common and walked up main street. You can enter the meadow behind the Brooks Law Office (it i...  more »
  • Lovely little park with beautiful views and access to a wooded property if you're up for a bigger hike. Be warned: while there is a path down into the meadow, it may not always be mowed thoroughly (as it was when we visited). Poison ivy is creeping into the path in a few places and we counted upwards of 15 ticks on each of us by the end of the walk, stopping every 5 minutes or so to fling them off. Luckily all wood ticks, no deer ticks (that we saw). Just be sure to use precaution before your visit!

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