One of the great things about living in Boston (and New England, in general) is how close we are to state and national parks! If you have access to a car and are willing to drive, New Hampshire’s White Mountains are a nature lover’s dream; Vermont has beautiful landscapes galore; and Maine’s Acadia National Park is a great escape for those who love both mountains and water. Even Central and Western Massachusetts have plenty of state forests to explore.
Luckily, you don’t even need to go that far to escape the city. Travel less than 10 miles out of the city and you’ll find the Middlesex Fells Reservation. Just north of Medford, “The Fells”, as it’s called, offers 2,575 acres for hikers, mountain bikers, rock climbers, picnickers, and walkers to exercise, relax, and enjoy fresh air and greenery—and all for FREE! There are things to do for people of all fitness levels, from long trails for hiking, ponds for picnicking, and open fields for dogwalking. The Fells boasts over 100 miles of trails for hikers, skiing, and horseback riding. Special features of the Fells include Bellevue Pond, Wright’s Tower, Spot Pond, and Lawrence Woods. Be sure to check them out—especially Spot Pond, which offers sailing lessons and rentals of kayaks, row boats, and canoes during the summer.
If you live in Boston and have never been to the Fells, we recommend you check it out this summer! The quickest way to the Fells is to drive—it’s less than 20 minutes! But MBTA trains and buses can get you there too.
Of course, there are plenty of other state parks and forests to explore. If you want to know more and “find your park”, check out FindYourPark.com, a service offered by the National Park Service and National Park Foundation to help you find the right park for you!