Hawk Valley Farm

Visit

526 Varnum Ave., Lowell, MA 01854

Access

Open to the public for passive recreation

Parking: At the end of Varnum Terrace, Lowell. Bear right at the wooded cul-de-sac at the end of Varnum Terrace.  You will see a sign for Hawk Valley Farm.

By foot: Hawk Valley Farm can be accessed at 526 Varnum Ave, across from the West Meadow and Varnum Avenue intersection.  Look for a large boulder and a historic white sign set back slightly in the woods.

Parking: Available along Varnum Terrace, off Varnum Ave., Lowell

Directions

Trails are accessible from both Varnum Avenue and Varnum Terrace.

Parking: At the end of Varnum Terrace, Lowell. Bear right at the wooded cul-de-sac at the end of Varnum Terrace.  You will see a sign for Hawk Valley Farm.

By foot: Hawk Valley Farm can be accessed at 526 Varnum Ave, across from the West Meadow and Varnum Avenue intersection.  Look for a large boulder and a historic white sign set back slightly in the woods.

A Great Place for a Peaceful Walk

Get away from it all at Hawk Valley Farm!  Walk your dog, explore the banks of Clay Pit Brook, or check out the foundation of an old cabin.  Imagine that this was once an area of extensive farming – explore Lowell’s pre-industrial landscape.

You can enjoy this property in all seasons.  On a winter day you can catch a view clear to the Merrimack River, across Regatta/Anne Welcome Field.  Winter is also a great time to look for tracks from abundant wildlife that you might not expect to see in Lowell.  In the summer, the diversity of flowering plants changes the scenery every week.

View this aerial map to get a sense of how Hawk Valley Farm fits into the landscape of the Pawtucketville neighborhood.

What’s so special about Hawk Valley Farm?

  • Local schools can walk to the property to explore history and science outside the classroom.

  • Critical wildlife habitat: the property provides a critical wildlife corridor within a dense residential neighborhood.

  • Flood protection: the protection of Clay Pit Brook provides vital flood protection during times of high water.

Programs offered at Hawk Valley Farm (see events):

  • 2017 New Program (February): Walnut-sugaring (similar to maple sugaring)

  • 2017 New Program (September): Natural dyes (for textiles with the diverse plants found on site)

    Wildlife tracking (last Saturday in February)

  • Walking Tours – periodic

  • Family programs during school vacation weeks

Learn more about Hawk Valley Farm:

Hawk Valley Farm Brochure (download PDF):  Based on the research, conducted by historian Gray Fitzsimons, noted below.

Property History: Historian and scholar-in-residence, Gray Fitzsimons, has written about the 350-year history of the property (download PDF) and surrounding area.  This research was supported in part by Mass Humanities, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Partnerships make it possible…

Hawk Valley Farm was permanently protected for future generations in 2009 through a partnership between LP&CT and The Trustees (formerly The Trustees of Reservations).  LP&CT and The Trustees co-hold a conservation easement on Hawk Valley Farm, which protects it from future development.  The Varnum family has owned this property since the 1660’s and is actively working to bring back areas to farming, including raising a variety of berries and heritage apples, caring for the unique butternut and walnut trees found on site, and beekeeping.