Harkins Open Space
Acquired:  1993
Acreage: 7.0 acres
Uses:  hiking, horseback riding, wetland protection, wildlife conservation
Access:  north side of Mill Hill Terrace, opposite Southport Woods Drive


Merritt Parkway north for a little less than 27 miles to get off at Exit 44; turn left onto Congress Street; turn left (south) onto Burr Street;  keep heading straight and Burr Street becomes Mill Plain Road (at Brookside Street/Road); turn right onto Unquowa Road; pass over the bridge spanning the Mill River and at the adjacent stop sign turn left onto Mill Hill Terrace (with Sturges Road on the right).  Drive 1.1 miles and turn left onto Southport Woods Drive to park along the road.  The park is across the street on Mill Hill Terrace.   


12/07/2005.  This is a small piece of land in a residential area.  The area in the middle is swampy, a low land with house on the higher land around the open space.  The trail starts on the western border of the open space.  The path heads off on the hill and slowly descends to the swampy area.  Passing the swampy land, off to the left of the trail, there is a vernal pond.   We turned around and came back on the same trail.  Dr. Patrick L. Cooney. 

Dr. Patrick L. Cooney, 12/07/2005

Acer rubrum (red maple)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus rubra (red oak)

Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Pachysandra terminalis (pachysandra)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)
Vinca minor (periwinkle)

Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Euonymus fortunii (Fortune's euonymus)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)
Smilax rotundifolia (round-leaved greenbrier)
Vitis sp. (grape)

Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion)