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      Pell Farm is a 153 acre area owned by the Town of Grafton, with a Conservation Restriction on the entire area. It offers a diverse and scenic landscape including agricultural fields, forest, and open fields. It is a critical link to passive recreation and inspiring for its beauty. The large parking area can accommodate quite a few vehicles, including horse trailers.

      The Pell Family contacted the Trust for Public Land and Town of Grafton in 2008 regarding several offers they had received for the purchase of this land. With preservation in mind, both the Town and the Pell family reached an agreement on the acquisition of this land for the benefit of all. The Pell Family would continue to harvest and sell Christmas trees (visit their website) on a portion of the property for another 10 years while passive recreation was permitted. After the 10 year lease is up in February 2019, the Town will elect to lease the fields to another farmer or mange them for wildlife habitat. In order to pay for acquisition costs, a 16 acre sub-parcel was sold to a private abutter with a conservation restriction place on the land to ensure the entire area remains publicly accessible open space.
      The parcel of land meets a critical need for maintaining the contiguous open space required for wildlife to thrive. Its connection to a large swath of Upton Conservation Land accomplishes this becuse preservation establishes a significantly larger wildlife area. Additionally, as Edmund T. Hazzard, GLT Vice Chairman (200Cool explained, "the parcel is very large and has a large frontage on which a developer could construct 100 houses or more over the next 10 years. The purchase price for the ~150 acres is a small amount to pay for such a long-term gain." (Worcester Telegram, "Town Studying Land Acquisition, September 5, 200Cool
      While this project was only successful thanks to commitments from the citizens of Grafton, the Trust for Public Land, and the Grafton Land Trust. The two organizations were able to facilitate a myriad of financing for the project through a combination of a Massachusetts State Land Grant, private funds, existing CPA funds, and CPA bonding.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      Land Status: Conservation Reserve
      Land Manager: Grafton Land Trust
      Pell Farms Parking google parking directions
      Access Info:
      Use the big Pell Farms parking lot on the south side of Soap Hill Rd. It accommodates many vehicles, including room for horse trailers to turnaround. Access all Pell Farms trails from here, plus Warren Brook Watershed and George Hill trails.
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      Region Details
      • 2
      • 2
      • 17

      Region Status
      Open as of Feb 18, 2024
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      21
      Trails Mountain Bike
      21
      Trails Horse
      20
      Trails Hike
      21
      Trails Trail Running
      21
      Trails Snowshoe
      2
      Trails Backcountry Ski
      2
      Total Distance
      7 miles
      Total Descent
      502 ft
      Total Vertical
      161 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      601 ft
      Reports
      46
      Photos
      17
      Ridden Counter
      231

      Photos of Pell Farms Conservation Area Mountain Bike

      4 |
      May 13, 2023 @ 5:10pm
      May 13, 2023
      report
      trail: Pell Way
      6 |
      Feb 5, 2023 @ 11:27am
      Feb 5, 2023
      report
      12 |
      May 9, 2021 @ 8:08am
      May 9, 2021
      18 |
      Feb 5, 2021 @ 1:40pm
      Feb 5, 2021
      33 |
      Feb 5, 2021 @ 1:35pm
      Feb 5, 2021
      report
      trail: Pell Way
      12 |
      Jul 24, 2020 @ 8:57am
      Jul 24, 2020
      report
      trail: Pell Way
      12 |
      Jul 24, 2020 @ 8:57am
      Jul 24, 2020
      report
      trail: Tannenbaum
      37 |
      Aug 3, 2019 @ 8:58am
      Aug 3, 2019

      Recent Trail Reports

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      George Hill upslope
      Sep 24, 2020 @ 5:37pm
      Sep 24, 2020
      UnknownHike graftonberg GLT
      George Hill Warren Brook Way
      Sep 24, 2020 @ 5:37pm
      Sep 24, 2020
      UnknownHike graftonberg GLT
      Loop Around
      Sep 24, 2020 @ 5:37pm
      Sep 24, 2020
      UnknownHike graftonberg GLT
      Old North Lot
      Sep 24, 2020 @ 5:37pm
      Sep 24, 2020
      UnknownHike graftonberg GLT
      Shack-a-Lack
      Sep 24, 2020 @ 5:37pm
      Sep 24, 2020
      UnknownHike graftonberg GLT
      Tree Farm
      Sep 24, 2020 @ 5:37pm
      Sep 24, 2020
      UnknownHike graftonberg GLT
      Upton Access Trail
      Sep 24, 2020 @ 5:37pm
      Sep 24, 2020
      UnknownHike graftonberg GLT
      WB7
      Sep 24, 2020 @ 5:37pm
      Sep 24, 2020
      UnknownHike graftonberg GLT
      Backtrack
      Sep 24, 2020 @ 5:37pm
      Sep 24, 2020
      UnknownHike graftonberg GLT
      Empty Lot
      Sep 24, 2020 @ 5:37pm
      Sep 24, 2020
      UnknownHike graftonberg GLT

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      Raineygirl1addphotoactivity #39938010
      May 13, 2023 @ 5:10pm
      May 13, 2023
      hitthetrailaddreportactivity #38914069
      Apr 10, 2023 @ 5:07pm
      Apr 10, 2023
      Biwayaddreportactivity #37228204
      Feb 5, 2023 @ 11:26am
      Feb 5, 2023
      Grammykwishlistrouteactivity #33988715
      Sep 27, 2022 @ 3:12am
      Sep 27, 2022
      Tfrost12addreportactivity #33435940 and 2 more
      Sep 10, 2022 @ 11:47am
      Sep 10, 2022

      Recent Comments

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      graftonbergreportWarren Brook WayStrange break so high up - wow!
      Nov 28, 2020 @ 7:44pm
      Nov 28, 2020
      graftonbergreportBridgerGreat work!
      May 2, 2020 @ 11:55am
      May 2, 2020
      rhavasyreportBridgerNow cleared!
      May 2, 2020 @ 10:56am
      May 2, 2020

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Warren Brook Watershed 51 50.3 km
      Great Meadow Conservation Area 200.6 km
      George Hill 4 20.8 km
      Silver Lake Trails 8 11 km
      Jeanne Johnson Preserve 17 41 km

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike217 miles502 ft2 miles161 ft
      #10,435#4,366646135
      Horse207 miles489 ft2 miles161 ft
      #854#5861427
      Hike217 miles502 ft2 miles161 ft
      #9,365#4,2261046125
      Trail Running217 miles502 ft2 miles161 ft
      #9,334#4,200464
      Snowshoe21 mile39 ft1,604 ft36 ft
      6
      Backcountry Ski21 mile39 ft1,604 ft36 ft
      3
      • By WillieJacobsz TRAILFORKS Trailforks Map Team & contributors
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