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SOLF Trail Use Policy for Beals Preserve

Beals Preserve is privately owned and maintained by SOLF.
We welcome public use from dawn to dusk. Please respect our Trail Use Policy.

  • Trails are for walking, jogging, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing.
  • Dogs are permitted but must be on leash; dog waste must be picked up.
  • No motorized vehicles are permitted except for maintenance by SOLF.
  • No bicycles are permitted.

Click here to learn about Beals Preserve. Click here for a trail map of Beals Preserve.

Beals Preserve Main Street Field Parking Area

We are happy to announce that there is now a small parking area at the Beals Preserve Main Street Field on Route 30. The entrance to the parking area is on the south side of Main Street, between two stone pillars, east of Northborough Road and west of Chestnut Hill Road. Pull into the fenced area (it is currently grass, but will likely be layered with wood chips), and park perpendicular to the road at the stone wall, to the right of the sign post. Walk down the field through the opening in the fence to the lane and then across the bridge over the Wachusett channel.

Beals Preserve Clean-up on September 11, 2022

SOLF trustees and volunteers worked for a few hours Saturday morning September 11 to spruce up the primary entrance of the Beals Preserve: around the kiosk and bridge on the old farm lane that goes down from Main Street. We did this to properly welcome and accommodate the visitors attending the closing and poetry reading of the annual Art on the Trails on September 12.

Bigelow Wildlife Refuge Progress Report – September 2022

As of August 2022, there is now just off-road parallel parking available for one or two cars on a cleared wood-chip area. Please do not park on Bigelow Road as it has no shoulder and parking is not allowed in the turn-around at the end of Bigelow Road. (Alternatively, visitors can drive to Walker Street in Westborough and park at the SVT Sawink Farm parking lot. From the lot, it’s a 1400-foot walk along the old farm road to Bigelow Road and the entrance to Bigelow Wildlife Refuge.)

One of the challenges at Bigelow Wildlife Refuge is control of knotweed, primarily at the front of the property. Another is maintaining the trail to the viewing platform. Trustee Lawrence Spezzano has been instrumental in overseeing and organizing work projects. In the spring of 2022, Lawrence laid down wire mesh to slow the growth of knotweed and over time may stop the growth. In July 2022, a work party — Lawrence Spezzano, Whit Beals, Larry Samberg, Eileen Samberg, Kathryn Korostoff — weeded the front and the path, and spread a thick layer of wood chips.

Become a Volunteer for SOLF

Do you have an interest in working to help the greater cause of land conservation in Southborough? Consider volunteering/stewarding for the Southborough Open Land Foundation on one or more of our fifteen properties – keeping trails clear and controlling invasive species. Message us through our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/SouthboroughOpenLandFoundation or email us at info@solf.org.

Pollination Preservation Garden Planting at Beals Preserve – September 2022

Freddie Gillespie, chair of the Southborough Open Space Preservation Commission, has been recruiting volunteers to install a Pollination Preservation Garden at SOLF’s Beals Preserve. Preliminary work was done last summer and fall. After poison ivy control work and garden prep in June, volunteers did a major planting on July 16–17.

Volunteers did another major planting on Saturday, July 23, in spite of the heat wave. Volunteers, including SOLF Board Members Sally Watters, Debbie Costine, Larry Samberg, Eileen Samberg, and SOLF volunteers Brett Peters and Kathryn Korostoff, started early at 8 am and worked to almost 12 noon. Great job, everyone!

Volunteers worked again on Saturday, July 30, taking the project close to completion. And more work was done on Saturday, August 6.

The Pollination Preservation Garden is getting a lot of love from Freddie Gillespie and her volunteers. Here is how it looks on September 14, 2022.

Pollination Preservation Garden at Beals Preserve Work Day on July 23

Freddie Gillespie, chair of the Southborough Open Space Preservation Commission, has been recruiting volunteers to install a Pollination Preservation Garden at SOLF’s Beals Preserve. Preliminary work was done last summer and fall. After poison ivy control work and garden prep in June, volunteers did a major planting on July 16–17. Another work day is planned for Saturday, July 23. Look for information on the Native Plant Gardens of Southborough Facebook group and the Southborough Open Land Foundation Facebook page.

Attention All Volunteers: July 2 and July 9 work days

We have two opportunities for volunteers to help us maintain our properties. Please email solf@solf.org if you are planning to volunteer. We would love your help!

Beals Preserve on Saturday, July 2, 10 am: Meet at the end of Hickory.

Bigelow Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, July 9, 9–11 am: Remove invasives and beautify the property trail located near the end of Bigelow Road in Southborough.

Bigelow Wildlife Refuge Work Day on July 9

SOLF trustee Lawrence Spezzano and volunteers have been working to remove invasives and beautify the property trail at our Bigelow Wildlife Refuge, located near the end of Bigelow Road in Southborough. He wants to organize a work morning on Saturday, July 9, from 9 am to 11 am. When you come to work, bring gloves, firm rake, pruners, bug spray, etc. If you are available, please consider volunteering! Email us at info@solf.org to let us know you are coming. Details on access and parking, etc., when you sign up to volunteer.