Details
Public Welcome
63½ Acres
Parking Lot
Dog Policy (click here)
Hiking Trails (Improved)
Hunting (with permission)
 
Conservation Goals
  • Protection of Water Resources
  • Habitat & Biodoversity Protection
  • Conservation of Open Space
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    Property History

    Ephraim Hunt consists of sandy upland pitch-pine forest and wooded wetlands bisected by two streams. It provides habitat for the wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta), a Massachusetts listed species of special concern and is situated over a high yield aquifer. It also contains a sinuous ridge of gravelly outwash, known as an esker.

    The Congregational Church in the center of town needed to raise funds to repair the sanctuary ceiling and the steeple. They considered selling some of their ministerial land, but many members of the church felt that the land should not be developed. The Rehoboth Land Trust ended up purchasing the property at a bargain sale thus giving the members of the church the monies needed to fix the steeple and assuring that the land would stay in its original, natural state.

    Notes about Public Access

    The Ephraim Hunt Ministerial Land can be accessed by a small parking area located on Pond Street. Several trails wind through the property. Hunting is allowed on the property during hunting season. Visitors (and their dogs) are encouraged to wear blaze orange if walking the property during hunting season.

    Land Owner & Funding Partners

    The land is owned by the Rehoboth Land Trust with a conservation restriction held by the Rehoboth Conservation Commission. The funding was a cooperative effort between the Rehoboth Land Trust, the Rehoboth Conservation Commission, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and The Trustees of Reservations.