The Striar Conservancy,
a Wildland Trust property
like many of their other properties
contain well maintained easy to hike trails.
The Striar Conservancy in Halifax comprises of multiple hiking trails through pleasant woods with a winnetuxet river view point and backs up to the lesser maintained town owned Russell/Hilliard Preserve.
The parking area and trailhead are located on route 105.
While Halifax in general is one of the more rural towns on the south shore this location though still well traveled is some of the most rural.
Once parked shortly on the trail you will be greeted by a kiosk.
There is some preserve history noted on the kiosk.
Shortly on the trail the first of many foot bridges.
The trail starts cart path sized even
and pine needle carpeted.
There will be a bit of tree roots breaking
The main trail shown on the map at the
kiosk is marked by a series of red diamonds.
By the time you have only reached .20
there will have been three more crossings.
Depending on the time of year these crossings can be dry or
flowing and lively.
Soon the trail will start winding and there will be a slight uphill climb.
At 1/4 mile the fifth bridge and in Spring a vernal pool to the left.
The trail turns left and runs along the pool shortly.
There will be several Wildland Trust blazes,
more winding hiking trail, and at .40 the 6th bridge.
This one crosses a flowing stream with a sandy bottom.
The trail then runs slightly up hill and then down
leading you to bridge number seven crossing a smaller stream.
Another climb and the start of a small scenic loop.
There will be two trails on the right for this loop.
The loop is small so it will not matter which you take.
Following to the right for the scenic route at the split in the trail.
Shortly down this trail you will find the bench with a view of a portion of the Winnetuxet River.
Continuing on the scenic loop,
the trail leads on a narrow track
that connects shortly
back to the main trail.
Head right and back to the split in the trail for another loop heading left and marked by red diamonds.
A short distance up this trail you will meet another intersection.
This is the two ends of a larger loop trail.
The trail description leads to the right.
At the 1/2 mile mark of the journey the trail crosses the 8th foot bridge.
The hiking trail through Striar Conservancy continues through an area covered by ferns and a stand of baby pine trees.
Shortly after you will find another blaze and an area littered with the past winters destruction.
Then you will arrive at the 9th foot bridge. Here to the right a sort of woodland meadow.
At . 70 a wildlands trust blaze on a large white pine and after a vernal pool in season to the left.
Just after these, a trail leads off to the right.
The loop marked by the
red diamonds continues left
with the 10th foot bridge shortly after.
The trail leading to the right is the informal entrance to the Russell/Hilliard Preserve.
It runs down to an area where it meets a body of water.
The trail starts off looking like a
Wildland Trust trail, but further down
it noticeably becomes less
Though this may just be an area
not developed as there are less
formal signs marking existing
Lots of room for exploration here.
The trail appears to end yet a sign says the trail is closed.
It runs across a stream on a disintegrating
portion of land (most likely for the trail closing).
A trail unmaintained continues after, into the Randall/Hilliard Preserve.
Meanwhile back on the loop in the
Striar Conservancy, the trail continues
narrow and winding after the 10th bridge.
This portion of the trail appears to be newer.
Then more red diamonds followed by a series of boardwalk ways.
More red diamond blazes appear
followed by a long boardwalk of
which after Wildland Trust blazes
appear once again.
This narrow portion looks newer and recently cut.
The trail runs through another area
of heavy winter damage that has
been cleared away.
It then curves left and arrives back
at it's intersection start at one mile.
Go right here and follow back to parking area on the first 45 miles making this total at just short of 1 1/2 miles.
The abundance of emerging ferns
and other foliage in Spring
One of many vernal pools
found here in the spring
Picturesque views of the Winnetuxet River
Very early spring changes things!
The lush green waterway called the Winnetuxet River is flowing at full capacity!
Early spring also brings a bit of trail difficulty or adventure depending on how you view it!
This one is a drive unless you are in the immediate area.
If you are in the North part of the South Shore take exit 38 on Route 3 and follow Route 18 South.
Continue through 6 traffic lights taking a left at the 7th onto route 58. Follow this south 4.5 miles through Abington into Whitman to the traffic circle.
Take the second exit onto Raynor Ave and follow to the end. Take a left on South Ave and at the next intersection go right on Franklin St Route 27. Follow this 3.7 miles into Hanson past the intersection with route 14. Take a right on Elm St (Mo's Place on corner). Follow Elm St for 3.2 miles taking a slight left on Old Plymouth St and the next right on Pine St. Follow straight across the intersection with route 106 to the intersection with route 105. Go right. Striar Conservancy will be on the left just over one mile across from Summit St.
Southern South Shore
Take exit 18 in Kingston heading North on route 3A. In a 1/2 mile take a slight left on Main St (route 106). Continue 0.8 miles straight on Wapping Rd (rt 106) Follow another 7.4 miles on route 106 into and through Halifax Center. Take a left on route 105 South Thompson St. The parking area is approx. 2 miles down on the left across from Summit St.
parking lot can hold 4-5 vehicles
mapped hike is just under 1 1/2 miles with plenty of smaller trails to explore.
several small running streams
Birding, snow shoe
unfortunately no dog bags, but they can ….
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