Hike: Dexter Drumlin Reservation, Lancaster, MA
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From the road, it was kind of unimpressive.
I had just gotten REALLY lost in the back roads of Lancaster, MA—the GPS freaked out, and though I knew I was on the right road, and I had a paper map covering part of the area, I hadn’t taken into account how VERY New England this particular New England road was. But…I made it through sheer determination and lots of trial and error.
The hike is a short one, relatively. I didn’t know much about this one beforehand, just that it was there, and I had wanted to see a drumlin to write about it. From the road, this feature just looked like a grassy hill, part of the pasture. What had I gotten myself into?
Well, it turns out, it was one of the most beautiful spots I’ve been to all year. That’s not just grass at the top of the hill. It’s a mix of all kinds of wildflowers, including Queen Anne’s Lace and Black-Eyed Susans, some clover, and lots of other plants. This was a PERFECT spot for so many butterflies and bees and birds. You couldn’t heard road noise over the buzzing of the honey and bumble bees. And that was just the beginning.
As I climbed up and got to the peak of the hill, the other side came into view. Perfectly bucolic farmland, more flowers, tons of milkweed. I honestly can’t wait to go back this fall when the leaves change color. This is one of the best examples of a meadow wildlife preserve that I’ve seen.
Dexter Drumlin is on George’s Hill Rd in Lancaster, MA. So you don’t get lost like me, it is across the street from the South Lancaster Academy—if you google the address for that, you’ll be in just the right spot. Hope you enjoy!