- Taylor’s Hill Conservation Area – Great Woods Conservation Area
- Judy Lane, Mansfield, MA
- Trailhead: 42° 0’36.05″N, 71°13’9.38″W
- Last Time Hiked: August 7, 2016
- Approximate distance hiked: 1.5 miles
- Fairly easy.
Great Woods is a sprawling forested area that is distinctively divided by Interstate 495. The southern end of the property offers several miles of trails. The northern section, known as Taylor’s Hill, offers about another mile and half as well as some very interesting historical sites. Following the yellow blazed trail to near its end you will first cross the Rumford River before coming to Cobblers Corner. This site is marked with a sign explaining that this spot was the northern apex of a land purchase that was made between the colonists and native Americans in 1640. Further along the yellow trail you will come upon Devils Rock. It is said that on the rock is mark that looks like Satan’s hoof print. Near the end of the yellow trail turn right onto the purple trail. It soon rejoins the yellow trail where you can retrace your steps back to the street.
Trail maps can be found at: Taylor’s Hill