Westboro WMA

Westboro WMA

Westborough, Massachusetts 01581

Official Website
Westboro Wildlife Management Area map

Birds of Interest

One of the best spots in the state to find Connecticut Warblers.

About this Location

On the border of Westborough and Northborough lie several adjacent open-space parcels. These parcels together comprise one of the largest open space areas in the region. This area was almost developed into a Six Flags amusement park in the early 1980s.

The largest of these properties is the Westboro Wildlife Management Area which is operated by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. This is an area of 427 acres extending from Milk Street (MA-135) on the west to Lyman Street. Hunting is allowed year-round (except on Sundays) in this area, so walkers should wear orange. This area also allows mountain biking.

This area features many open fields with different wildflowers throughout the growing season, from yarrow and clovers to daisies and black-eyed Susan to milkweed and Queen Anne’s lace to goldenrods and fall asters of different hues. Vetches and multiflora rose have been introduced through past human activities. The fields create valuable nesting habitats for birds and offer scenic vistas at sunset. Hay fever season can be fierce in this setting. Grassy old farm roads lead walkers to many parts of the property. Some sections are wooded and wet, and in places wood frogs and spring peepers make themselves heard in early spring.

Notable Trails

The AllTrails website has a description and map of a hike at Westboro Wildlife Management Area.


  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

Content from Official Website and Lily Morello

Last updated December 19, 2023