These lands are open for the pleasure of the public.
Properties have been protected by preservation efforts in both towns using a combination of state and private grants,
Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds, and donations from private individuals.
The 35-acre parcel, known as Goat Rock Conservation Land, connects two Town parks via a popular hiking trail, the Goat Rock Ridge Trail, which runs along the Wilbraham Mountain ridge for a little over a mile.
The Rice Nature Preserve, was acquired through the cooperative efforts of former landowner Jesse Rice, the Town of Wilbraham, the Minnechaug Land Trust, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Self-Help Program.
This land was farmed for many years by Alton and Helen McDonald. Alton used to hay the fields on his property, as well as some of the fields the town owned that you will pass on your hike.