Sands Conservation Area

Also known as Douglas Sands Trail


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Map Legend

Betty Fitzpatrick Trail
Douglas Sands Trail
Greenwood Connector
Zettek Overlook
Eagle Farms
Sands Trail Parking and Trailhead
Betty Fitzpatrick Parking and Trailhead
Saddle Hill Trailhead
Sands Trail East Trailhead


The main trailhead begins at a graveled parking area at the intersection of Saddle Hill Road and Geeenwood Road just beyond a huge boulder. As you enter Greenwood Rd. from Saddle Hill Rd., it is on the right side of Greenwood.

You can also enter at the east trailhead, but you will have to park on the grass along Greenwood Road.


This conservation area is composed of a number of parcels that surround developments and other conservation land in the north part of town between Saddle Hill Road and Cedar Street.

The beautiful Douglas Sands Memorial Trail is along a wooded ridge that overlooks a deep ravine. The trail is relatively short, but rugged in places. At the upper end of the trail, look for a path that rises to the right towards a rocky overlook with dramatic views to the northwest. Saddle Hill Road and the Saddle Hill Country Club were named after this promontory which is shaped like a horse saddle about the size of a house foundation.

The trail enters the Sudbury Valley Trustees property at its northern end where it joins the Saddle Hill Trail. Turn left to get to Greenwood Rd. and walk back to your car along the road, or turn right to explore Sudbury Valley Trustees’ Saddle Hill Conservation Area. The Saddle Hill Trail connects to many more miles of trails in Hopkinton State Park, and, by going under the Overlook Road viaduct, to the similarly rugged Betty Fitzpatrick Trail at Eagle Farms.

After returning to your car consider relaxing at the nearby Zettek Overlook.

Size: 31.4 acres

Longest Walk: ½ mile one way; 2+ miles with adjacent properties

Photo Gallery


The trail was named after Douglas Sands, a Hopkinton science teacher who was a natural raconteur and passionate observer of nature.


Biking, Hiking/Walking

Geocaches on this property

Sands Trail: GC3YKV2

Additional Information

The Sudbury Valley Trustees has a Saddle Hill brochure with a printable map of the conservation land in this area. Since the brochure was developed SVT h as opened up the Saddle Hill area to bicycles.